Adding injury to insult, the New York Giants not only lost their season opener to the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday night, but they may have lost cornerback Michael Coe for an extended period of time as well.
After breaking up a potential touchdown pass to wide receiver Kevin Ogletree in the third quarter, Coe took himself out of the game after experiencing some pain and weakness in his hamstring. Shortly after being tended to by senior vice president of medical services Ronnie Barnes, head coach Tom Coughlin received the bad news: Coe is done for the game.
“I didn’t feel like I could run after that last play in the end zone,” Coe said. “I felt like I could have picked it off but couldn’t really push off my legs like I wanted to, so I just came out.”
With Terrell Thomas (knee) and Brian Witherspoon (knee) already out for the season, and Prince Amukamara (ankle) inactive, the Giants had to rely on Justin Tryon to step up and fill the gap. Unfortunately, he wasn't able to slow the furious Cowboys aerial attack down, giving up a 34-yard touchdown to Miles Austin on a 1st-and-30 that all but sealed a Dallas victory.
Safety Antrel Rolle wasn't interested in using secondary injuries as an excuse for the futility displayed on Wednesday night.
“As a secondary, we have to definitely hold our own,” Rolle said. “When those one-on-one match-ups present themselves, you have to make those plays and get a little bit right in our technique.”
Coe will undergo some additional tests on Friday to determine the extent of the damage and a timetable on his return.
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