The New York Giants were well aware that Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions ultimately meant nothing in terms of standings, but they've continuously preached pride and wanted to prove to the world they've not quit. And as they secured a 23-20 overtime win on the leg of kicker Josh Brown, they accomplished exactly that. But in an effort to prove a point, they also suffered a wide range of new injuries — something they certainly couldn't afford.
On the opening kickoff of the game, in his first action all season, tight end Adrien Robinson went down with a sprained knee and was carted off the field. He would not return.
“It’s frustrating, the first play, the first game back,” Robinson said after the game.
Robinson's injury set the tone and it only continued from there. Next up was reserve offensive lineman Brandon Mosley, filling in for the injured David Diehl, who ended up breaking his hand. And although he re-emerged from the locker-room with a massive club on his right hand, he, too, would not return to the game.
Finally, there was running back Andre Brown, whom has battled back from a torn Achilles and then two broken legs over the last year and a half. He went down late in the game with what initially appeared to be another leg injury, but was later revealed to be a concussion. Again, he would not return.
"I'm good," Brown tweeted after the game.
Although those were the most notable injuries, cornerback Trumaine McBride (hamstring), wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (finger) and defensive end Justin Tuck (neck/shoulder) would also suffer injuries, but were able to fight through and finish the game.
The bad news for the Giants is that they had precious little cap space to begin with and could ill afford to place another player on Injured Reserve. It's the sole reason wide receiver Victor Cruz (knee) had not yet been designated to IR, but something Big Blue must deal with this week.
The team has only $41,888 in cap space remaining, essentially allowing them only a single move. Should they need to place more than one player on season-ending IR this week, someone else will either need to be released off of IR or a player will need to be restructured.
It's quite the precarious position General Manager Jerry Reese finds himself in.
photo credit: Mike Gannon
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