The New York Giants were counting on fourth-round rookie Dane Belton to contribute in their safety rotation this year, but for now, that plan is on hold.

On Monday, Belton was seen on the sidelines with his arm in a sling. He has a fractured collarbone that will require surgery and keep him on the shelf indefinitely. There is speculation that he could be ready for the start of the regular season, but that seems unlikely.

Belton was the 114th overall selection in this year’s NFL draft out of Iowa and was being counted on to fill a need at safety alongside Xavier McKinney and Julian Love. The Giants will now have to find depth elsewhere until Belton can return.

Belton was chosen by the Giants due to his versatility as a safety/linebacker hybrid who fits in well with the new scheme being implemented by defensive coordinator Wink Martindale.

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