NFC East Reporter
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — For all the excitement around their 7-2 start and dreams of their first playoff berth since 2016, the Giants have always known what they were working with this season. The only thing thinner than their margin of error was their depth chart.
And both got a lot thinner on Sunday afternoon.
It was bad enough that the Giants, now 7-3, gave their worst performance of the season in an ugly, turnover-filled, 31-18 loss at home to the Detroit Lions. But they also lost six players who, either by design or necessity, were playing key roles on their upstart team. That included their best cornerback, Adoree’ Jackson, who might miss a month with a sprained knee, and rookie receiver Wan’Dale Robinson, who was on crutches due to a knee injury at the end of his breakout game.
“Yeah, it was a lot,” said Giants running back Saquon Barkley. “To be honest, you really don’t realize it until after the game.”
“It’s tough,” added safety Julian Love. “It’s tough for the defense, for our secondary. It’s tough personally.
“So yeah, we’ve got to find a way right now.”
On a short week, with just four days until their Thanksgiving showdown with the Cowboys in Dallas, that’s easier said than done.
Remember, the Giants weren’t exactly working with a stacked deck even when they were closer to full strength earlier in the season. There were already worries about their offensive line and deep concerns about a very weak receiving corps. Their secondary started the season looking pretty thin at cornerback too.
And here’s what happened on Sunday: They lost Jackson to what is reportedly a sprained MCL, though he said he still needs to have an MRI on Monday morning. And they didn’t even lose him on defense – he was returning a punt at the time. Then they lost their other starting corner, Fabian Moreau, to a rib injury. And remember, he was only starting because Aaron Robinson is likely out for the season with an injured knee. They…
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Publish date : 2022-11-20 23:34:10
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