The Giants lost left tackle Will Beatty for the season with a torn pectoral this summer. Raiders defensive end Justin Tuck and 49ers safety Antoine Bethea also landed on injured reserve with the same injury.
Hankins, 23, was a second-round pick in 2013 and started every game for the Giants since the start of the 2014 season. He is known primarily for his run-stopping ability but also recorded seven sacks last season.
“When we drafted him we thought we knew what we had but he's certainly played beyond just a run stopper,” head coach Tom Coughlin said in June, according to NJ.com.
In eight games this season, Hankins had 20 solo tackles and no sacks.
- Dan Gartland