Currie recalls rookie season being cut short

INJURY: New York Giants rookie and Big Rapids native Justin Currie holds his leg after injuring his ankle against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the team’s second preseason game. Currie was placed on season-ending IR. (Courtesy photo/Evan Pinkus/New York Giants)

INJURY: New York Giants rookie and Big Rapids native Justin Currie holds his leg after injuring his ankle against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the team’s second preseason game. Currie was placed on season-ending IR. (Courtesy photo/Evan Pinkus/New York Giants)

BR native, Giants’ safety suffers season-ending injury

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — For any player in the NFL, an injury can end their season in an instant.

That was the case for New York Giants safety and Big Rapids native, Justin Currie, who suffered a season-ending broken ankle this preseason.

In the Giants’ second preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Currie sustained a fractured ankle during a special teams play. The 21-year-old Big Rapids High School graduate said the non-contact injury happened in a flash.

“I was just running down the field on kickoff,” Currie said. “I went to plant my foot to make my blocker miss and my ankle just gave out, it just snapped. I knew right away I had messed my ankle up really bad. We went in the training room and had the X-rays, which confirmed it.

“I went straight to the hospital after the game.”

Following the injury, the Giants placed the Western Michigan University graduate on season-ending injured reserve after putting him on waivers/injured first, which gave other teams the option to claim Currie’s contract. According to NFL regulations, a team cannot release an injured player.

Currie, who signed with New York as an undrafted free agent following the 2015 NFL Draft, said the team has catered well to his situation.

“It’s been good,” he said. “The Giants have been really taking care of me, making me comfortable. They made it clear to me what was going to happen next, and they’ve been nothing but good so far.”

Currie saw extended playing time in New York’s first exhibition game, playing more snaps (50) than any other player on the team. He finished with five tackles, which tied for second-most on the team. The Giants rewarded him with first-team repetitions in practice the following week.

“It was definitely a great feeling being able to get out on the field again, put the full pads on and go tackle someone,” Currie said. “I looked at it like I had nothing to lose, and whatever happens, happens. It turned out to be a pretty good day for me in that first game.”

Now that his season is over, Currie said he knows he has a long road of recovery ahead of him, adding he is going to take it head on.

“I just have to relax for now, because I can’t be (putting any pressure) on my foot,” Currie said. “I have to get everything to heal up down there, then get after it in physical therapy and get ready for next season.”

Currie said the support from the Big Rapids community throughout the preseason has been immeasurable.

“It’s been unreal,” he said. “My phone would not stop ringing with text messages from my family members and friends, especially from those back home in Big Rapids. I definitely thank everyone for that and supporting me.”

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