Nick Gates makes Giants return after 410 days, seven surgeries

Nick Gates makes Giants return after 410 days, seven surgeries

SEATTLE — Nick Gates stepped on the sphere Sunday afternoon at Lumen Area and performed in an NFL recreation for the primary time in 410 days. 

Gates, the favored 26-year-old offensive lineman, in Week 2 final season was taking part in left guard when his left leg acquired twisted up with different gamers and he went down with a fractured fibula and tibia, accidents that required seven surgical procedures to stabilize. Within the spring, he encountered a setback in his restoration and needed to have the titanium rod holding his leg in place changed. 

Gates’ first snap got here with 5:51 remaining within the second quarter, coming in together with guard Jack Anderson within the jumbo blocking bundle with the Giants on the Seattle 1-yard line. Gates did his job, sealing off Bruce Irvin as Saquon Barkley scored. Gates, on the bottom, celebrated. That pulled the Giants even at 7-7 in a recreation they might lose, 27-13. 

“It was a particular second, positively,’’ Gates stated. “Simply surreal for a bit bit.’’ 

Nick Gates went by means of seven surgical procedures in his rehab. Invoice Kostroun/New York Publish

Barkley actually seen how Gates made moving into the top zone just a bit simpler. 

“That story is superb,’’ Barkley stated. “What he’s been by means of, the way in which that he labored, that he by no means gave up, the perspective he had, I’m actually glad for that man. We’ve been collectively from the start of our profession and to see him get again on the sphere means the world. 

“He’s the comeback participant of the yr, in my thoughts.’’ 

Within the second half, Gates got here in repeatedly as an additional blocker, reporting in as an eligible receiver. 

Nick Gates is carted off the sphere on September 16, 2021.USA TODAY Sports activities

“Undoubtedly was a very good feeling to get on the market with the group and be on the market with the fellows,’’ Gates stated. “It sucks we misplaced. However a bit ethical victory for me. Every little thing felt good, every part felt robust and stable. I really feel prepared.’’ 

Security Xavier McKinney appeared to take the loss arduous. 

“There’s a number of issues we didn’t do properly and there’s a number of issues I didn’t do properly, as a play-caller and a frontrunner of the group,’’ he stated. He referred to as his missed deal with on Kenneth Walker’s 16-yard landing run within the fourth quarter “very important.’’ 

Coach Brian Daboll can have the gamers in on Monday after which give the group the remainder of the week off for the bye. … Rookie LB Micah McFadden, who has performed sparingly on protection since early within the season, beat rookie LT Charles Cross within the first quarter to drop Geno Smith for a 7-yard loss, giving McFadden the primary sack of his NFL profession. 

CB Nick McCloud earned an on-field promotion for this recreation, as he was used because the nickel nook on protection. … DL Nick Williams, a beneficial reserve, went out within the second quarter with a biceps harm. 

Richie James left with a concussion within the fourth quarter after he took an enormous hit from Travis Homer, a blow that triggered a fumble that was recovered by the Seahawks. … Late within the recreation, referee Jerome Boger introduced {that a} penalty for sideline interference was on the “Seattle Mariners.’’


Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith, discarded as a journeyman backup for his total profession, gained this recreation for Seattle. He completed 23 of 34 for 212 yards with two landing passes and no turnovers. On the Seahawks’ go-ahead drive within the fourth quarter, he went 5-for-5 for 75 yards, together with the 33-yard TD move to Tyler Lockett because the climax to the drive. 


Giants punt returner Richie James misplaced this recreation for the Giants, fumbling away two punt returns, the second with 6:04 remaining and sealed the sport for Seattle. Within the second quarter, James was hit and fumbled the ball away, resulting in a Seattle area objective and a 10-7 lead. 

Unsung hero

Each Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf entered the sport as query marks, Lockett with hamstring and indirect illnesses and Metcalf with a patella harm. Each performed, Lockett catching 5 passes for 63 yards, scoring the go-ahead TD, and Metcalf catching six passes for 55 yards. 

Key stat

11:15: That’s how a lot time was remaining within the second quarter earlier than the Giants recorded their first first down of the sport.


“While you put it into perspective, final yr we had been 1-6 at this level, 1-7? So, we nonetheless have completed lots this primary half of the season and now it’s going to be a race. The second half goes to come back all the way down to nut-cutting time. You’ve acquired to lock in, shake this off, benefit from the bye week, get rested.” 

— Giants security Julian Love 

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