Although injuries to running back Andre Brown (broken leg), safety Tyler Sash (concussion) and tight end Adrien Robinson (foot) stole the show on Thursday night, other players came out of the 28-20 loss with some issues of their own. Among them was linebacker Dan Connor, who suffered a neck burner.
Neck burners (also known as stingers) are relatively common in the NFL and are caused by twisting of the neck or serious impact. Due to the compressing or pinching of the nerves, relatively serious acute pain can be felt from the neck all the way down to the fingers — it is sometimes accompanied by numbness. The effects generally last only a minute or two and do not often cause any long-term damage.
For Connor, this is his second neck burner in as many years, having previously suffered one last September when filling in for Sean Lee against, ironically enough, the New York Giants.
The larger impact of Connor's neck burner may be that he opened the door for Mark Herzlich, who played very well for the second consecutive game. The two have been engaged in a battle for the starting MLB spot since training camp began, and have each staked a claim to the job. However, if Connor's burner is at all serious, it could mean Herzlich starts against the Dallas Cowboys.
With an open locker-room on Friday, more information on all of the Giants' injuries will likely be made available.
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