Hilliard Done for the Season

"Anytime you lose a player, it's hard," coach Jim Fassel said. "Ike's been a playmaker for us. He does an outstanding job on third down..."

The Giants will be without starting flanker Ike Hilliard for the remainder of the 2002 season.

Hilliard suffered a dislocated shoulder when he was hit by Philadelphia safety Brian Dawkins in the third period of the Eagles 17-3 victory Monday night in Veterans Stadium. An MRI today revealed that Hilliard has a tear in both his labrum and his pectoralis muscle. He will undergo surgery in about a month and will at some point be placed on injured reserve.

The normal rehabilitation period for the surgery Hilliard will undergo is three months.

Hilliard is the second starting player to suffer a season-ending injury in as many games. The Giants lost defensive tackle Keith Hamilton to a ruptured Achilles' tendon on Oct. 13 against Atlanta.

"Anytime you lose a player, it's hard," coach Jim Fassel said. "Ike's been a playmaker for us. He does an outstanding job on third down. He's been a guy that has been one of our consistent players. He has continually played well in all the games. We're going to miss him."

This season, Hilliard had 27 receptions for 286 yards and two touchdowns. When he failed to catch a pass on Monday, it ended his team-record streak of catching at least one pass in 68 consecutive games in which he played. Although he was shutout on Monday, Hilliard is third in the NFC with 12 third-down receptions for 176 yards and a score.


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