Giants' return ace Morton tears ACL

Updated: December 24, 2006, 2:59 PM ET
Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Chad Morton of the New York Giants suffered a major knee injury covering a punt against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

Morton tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee while attempting to make a tackle on Reggie Bush. He had to be helped off the field.

A seven-year veteran, Morton set up a Saints field goal in the first quarter by muffing a punt. Coming into the game, he was averaging 9.6 yards on punt returns and 21.4 on kickoff returns.

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