The injury was so bad the NFL Network broadcast elected not to show a replay of it.
Gates, a team captain who was starting his first game since 2019 at left guard, was ruled out with a lower leg fracture.
The injury came when Gates got tangled with Washington defensive tackle Jonathan Allen with 5:57 remaining in the first quarter. He was writhing in pain and tossed his helmet as medical personnel rushed onto the field. Coach Joe Judge was comforting Gates in the middle of the field while they attended to his leg.
Gates’ leg was placed in an air cast, and he was taken off the field on a cart. He waved to the crowd as he was taken to the locker room after the entire Giants team and part of the Washington sideline came over to wish him well.
The Giants switched Gates to left guard for Thursday’s game after starting left guard Shane Lemieux was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury. Gates started all 16 games at center last season and Week 1 against the Denver Broncos.