Giants lose DT Alford for the season

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Giants coach Tom Coughlin just told reporters via conference call that defensive tackle Jay Alford will miss the entire season with a torn medial collateral ligament and a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament. It's another setback for a defense that has really struggled keeping players on the field this preseason. Now we'll have to see what type of progress Chris Canty makes with his hamstring.

"Jay at first was down because he really had a good spring and fall," Coughlin said. "It's a shame a young guy who has worked his tail off would have his season taken away. But at the same time it's a learning experience. And we're hoping his morale comes back up. The challenge for all players who go through this is the rehab. Based on the way he dedicated himself, I'm sure he'll be serious in his rehab."

This is one of the reasons why general manager Jerry Reese brought in Rocky Bernard and Chris Canty in free agency. The defensive line (Fred Robbins, Alford, Justin Tuck) wore down last season. We'll keep our eye on this situation. Certainly not the news Giants fans wanted to hear this afternoon.