December 8, 2021

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New York Giants’ Nick Gates shows up in support of…

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It’s been quite some time since New York Giants fans saw offensive lineman Nick Gates out and about, but that changed on Saturday night.

For the first time since suffering an ugly leg fracture in Week 2 — one that required at least six surgeries to repair — Gates reemerged in public. He put on a New Jersey Devils jersey and headed out to Newark to support his local team at the Prudential Center.

The Devils ultimately fell to the Boston Bruins, 5-2, but that couldn’t wipe the smile off of Gates’ face.

The 25-year-old Gates, who earned the Giants’ starting job at center, was named a first-time captain in 2021. He said the honor gave him “chills.”

“Definitely a surprise. I mean I’ve been in a couple of meetings with the guys and everything, but I was definitely surprised. I’m real honored to be a part of the guys and that the guys see me as that kind of person. I’ve just got to keep coming to work and keep doing what I’m doing to show them why they picked me,” Gates told reporters in September.

“I mean, right now I’m getting the chills. It’s an honor just to be a captain, especially for this great organization the Giants have. Just the people that have come before me that are captains, just to be able to be a part of that legacy, it’s awesome. I’m really excited and really honored.”

Following Gates’ gruesome leg fracture and the subsequent surgeries, head coach Joe Judge implied that the injury could be career-ending. However, Jon Perzley, Gates’ agent, quickly shut that notion down.

“Mark my word, Nick will be back in blue next year,” Perzley told ESPN. “While in some cases these types of injuries can be career-threatening, Nick’s situation is not that. It doesn’t hurt that he is the toughest guy on the planet.”

In a recent interview with our friends over at Talkin’ Giants, Gates revealed that he had suffered compartment syndrome following the injury, which is likely why Judge indicated it could be career-ending.

“I’m in the facility. I go in every day and do about 2-3 hours of rehab. I’m just starting to walk again on the treadmill. They call it Alter-G and they take about 80 percent of your body weight off. Just trying to get my ankle to move again — my ankle is the thing that’s stiff right now,” Gates said.

“I had [compartment] syndrome. My leg was swollen, so that’s what’s been going on and why it’s taken me so long to start rehab. I finally started a couple weeks ago and [I’m] just slowly getting into it.”

Gates maintains that he will return to the Giants and his starting role next year.

See it: Giants’ Nick Gates shows up in support of the Devils