Giants' Jon Halapio Undergoes Successful Achilles Surgery

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By WFAN Sports Radio 101.9 FM/66AM New York

Giants center Jon Halapio suffered a torn Achilles during the Week 17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. 

Halapio, who appeared in 15 games in 2019, underwent surgery to repair the tendon. Giants general manager Dave Gettleman revealed the somber news at his press conference on Tuesday.  

"Unfortunately, Pio (Jon Halapio) got hurt again," Gettleman told reporters. "He tore his Achilles as you guys know, so now he is not going to be ready until camp most likely, but we feel like we’ve got some good pieces there, and they’ve just got to continue to work together and improve."

Halapio is "projected to make a full recovery" ahead of the 2020 season, according to DLE Agency — Halapio's representatives. He was carted off the field in the dying moments of the fourth quarter, suffering a heart-breaking injury for the second straight season. 

"This is a frustrating way to close out the season," Halapio said in a statement. 'But I believe that opposition leads to opportunity. More importantly, I trust in God's plan. In due season."

It's the latest roadblock he's encountered in his professional career. The 28-year-old sustained a broken ankle last September and was sidelined for the majority of the season. Since he earned a spot on the Giants' active roster in 2017, Halapio has appeared in 27 games, starting in 23. 

Giants center Jon Halapio is carted off the field after being injured against Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 16, 2018, at AT&T Stadium.USA TODAY Images

Halapio is set to become a restricted free agent following the season. He earned $645,000 in his third season with the team. 

"I'm grateful for the support of the Giants organization and the medical staff at (the Hospital of Special Surgery)," Halapio said. "I look forward to starting rehab next week. I'll do the hard work necessary to return to the field, the game, and the locker room I love so much.

I want to thank my family, my teammates, the Giants organization and the amazing Giants fans across the country for their continued prayers and words of encouragement. It means more than you know."