The New York Giants – Injuries Mount During Vikings Defeat

The injuries that the New York Giants have had to contend with this season have passed over the borderline and into the territory of the obscene. Before the start of the preseason, and at the very first practice, their “Plaxico Burress successor”, Domenik Hixon, suffered a season ending accruciate ligament injury. From that practice up until the game against the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night, the Giants’ receiving corp continued to be depreciated by a nasty little injury plague.

There was a glimmer of hope on Monday night though. David Diehl, Steve Smith and Hakeem Nicks all made it back into the starting lineup only to find the injury plague back in full swing. Steve Smith was Big Blue’s second leading receiver before his pectoral injury. In the 3rd quarter of the Vikings game, Smith suffered a hamstring injury and is likely to miss at least one game.

As far as the injuries go for the Big Blue Wrecking Crew, it has been one step forward and two steps back. Hakeem Nicks was expected to miss three games after he was hit with compartment syndrome in his right leg. He returned one week early and was the leading receiver in Monday night’s game. Mario Manningham, who bared the brunt of the receiving load while Nicks and Smith were out, also found himself blindsided by the injury plague.

Manningham will undergo an MRI to determine the extent of the hip flexor issue that he was struck with on Monday night. Clint Sintim suffered a similar season ending ACL injury in the game against the Vikings. Losing Manningham would create a void as he is the most targeted receiver for the long ball. The New York Giants have plans on signing LB Kenny Ingram to their practice squad today, who was waived by the G-Men earlier in the year, to compensate. Justin Tuck got a little banged up during the game as well but is not expected to be limited in practice this week.

Coming into what is easily their biggest game of the year, the Giants find themselves having to confront the injury plague once more. The weather related obstacles that cost them a day and a half may also prove to be a factor in this Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Having to jump over their biggest hurdle and being down a day of practice, not to mention a player or two, will be their next sink or swim scenario. They have managed to stay afloat thus far.

Topics: Clint Sintim, David Diehl, Domenik Hixon, Hakeem Nicks, Injury, Justin Tuck, Kenny Ingram, Mario Manningham, Minnesota Vikings, National Football League, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Plaxico Burress, Steve Smith

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  • http://texansgab.com Jesse

    Any word on Steve Smith’s MRI?

    • Andrew Ilnicki

      Not yet…. we’ll have something up when we hear.

  • Jim Tierney

    I think running the ball early is important, but that does not allow Eli the chance to get in the flow. A little concerned he will stil be prone to the picks no matter what. If you can find a positive here is that he usually lets the dumb plays roll off his shoulders, he accepts it and moves on. Still, get in the playoffs and one INT can and will kill you.

    Bear has been a nice fit in the backfield. He is fairly athletic for his size, and as long as the Oline is doing thier job he can get after the LBs / DBs very effectively.

    Manningham is the best deep threat, but I will take Hicks ability to get those extra RAC’s any day. He is a threat to turn a 15 yd catch into a big gain nearly every time. Plus I do not like the way Manningham runs his patterns. You hit it right on with your comments. He often does not come back to the ball, and on 3rd downs he struggles to find the sticks.

    Bottom line for the Philly game is if we can play Vick the way we did 2 weeks ago, and not turn the ball over ( You listening Eli ) Big Blue can seal the deal Sunday.

    NYG 35 Philly 31

    • Sean Kerr

      Hi Jim,
      Thanks for the feedback. Unfortunately, and as you probably already know, Eli leads the league in interceptions. However, I do think he will turn that around for the remainder of the season. The Giants had a big issue with turnovers. They’ve addressed them but the only one turning the ball over on a semi regular basis is Eli himself.
      He’s always been a clutch player and a true team leader. I have a feeling we will see more play action this week, more EFFECTIVE play action. Even though it looks like we’ll lose Smith for the year and Manningham for at least a game, I feel good with the receiving corp we have in there now. Hagan has done an outstanding job, as has Beckum. That left side of the Eagles defense is just begging to be exploited!

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