Thursday, September 6, 2012
Giants lose yet another cornerback to injury
By Kieran Darcy
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Giants’ secondary situation went from bad to worse Wednesday night.
Not only did Big Blue lose its regular season opener, 24-17, to the Cowboys, but they lost yet another cornerback to injury.
Michael Coe, the six-year vet who was making his first NFL start in place of the injured Prince Amukamara, left the game near the end of the third quarter with a hamstring injury and did not return.
"There is another corner we're staring at being down," said coach Tom Coughlin after the game.
Michael Coe left late in the third quarter with a hamstring issue.
It remains to be seen whether Coe will be available for the team's next game on Sept. 16 at home against the Buccaneers.
"I don’t really think it’s significant," Coe said of the injury. "I didn’t pull it, or anything like that. It just kinda got real tight on me, so I couldn’t really burst like I wanted to. The strength is pretty good on that hamstring, so hopefully it’s not too bad."
Coe had played in 27 NFL games over five seasons before Wednesday night, but was pressed into starting duty for the first time when Amukamara was ruled out of the regular season opener because of an ankle injury.
The 28-year-old's first NFL start was a mixed bag. He was picked on by Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo in the early going, giving up a couple of third-down completions in the first quarter. But he recovered to make a couple of nice plays in the field as well.
In fact, on his final play before exiting the game, he knocked down a pass intended for Kevin Ogletree in the end zone on a third-and-goal late in the third quarter.
Coe revealed after the game that he actually injured his hamstring on the previous play. "For me it was just frustrating that I couldn’t go out there and finish with my teammates," Coe said.
It was frustrating for the Giants as well. Justin Tryon -- another six-year vet, with just eight NFL starts under his belt -- replaced Coe in the lineup. And Tryon got exposed as well.
He gave up a 34-yard touchdown pass to Miles Austin that made the score 24-10 Cowboys with just over six minutes remaining in the game. And then, with the score 24-17 and the Giants needing a third-down stop to get the ball back with a chance to tie, Tryon gave up a 13-yard reception to Ogletree on 3rd-and-10 that allowed the Cowboys to run out the clock.
But there is plenty of blame to go around when it comes to the Giants secondary's performance in the season opener. Even the team's top cornerback, Corey Webster, got toasted for a 40-yard touchdown by Ogletree.
"Just a double move," said Webster, "and being an aggressive cornerback I bit on the double move, and he was open right over the top. Nothing special."
"You know, he's better than that," said Coughlin. "But he'll bounce back."
Now we'll just have to wait and see who lines up opposite Webster at cornerback when the Giants host the Bucs in 11 days' time. Amukamara said this past week that he hopes to be ready by Week 2 -- that becomes even more critical now.
Will it be Amukamara? Or Coe? Or maybe Tryon? Truth be told, it's anybody's guess right now.