Injuries this time of year for football players and fans alike are brutal. One rookie with area ties just suffered a tough injury at New York Giants training camp that will sideline him for the near future.

Rookie Dane Belton, who played his college football at the University of Iowa, suffered a broken collarbone during practice, per Pro Football Talk.

Belton, who was a first team All-Big Ten selection this past season for the Hawkeyes, was drafted by the Giants in the fourth round of this year's NFL Draft.

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Belton was assumed to be a big contributor this season for the Giants, who are looking for a refresh under new Head Coach Brian Daboll.

Belton had a big Junior year last season, which elevated him into the NFL draft. Last Fall, he finished with 46 tackles and 5 interceptions while playing in a hybrid Linebacker/Safety role.

Per the article, the Giants are optimistic for a speedy recovery, but it is undoubtedly a tough setback for the start of what could be a promising rookie season and career for Belton.

The Giants open the preseason at New England on Thursday, August 11th, and kick off the regular season at Tennessee on September 11th.

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Source: Pro Football Talk and Dane Belton Wikipedia

South Dakota Born NFL Players of this Century

While not a traditional powerhouse Nation Football League feeder, South Dakota has produces a fair number of football players that went on to the big time in the NFL.

Here are some that have played on various teams over the last couple of decades.