Sunday, September 15, 2013
Giants injury report: Nicks survives scare
By Dan Graziano
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Eli Manning's pass on third-and-6 from the New York Giants' 49-yard line early in the second quarter hit Hakeem Nicks right in the hands, which made it odd that Nicks didn't catch it. Not only did he not catch it, but he ran off the field in agony, holding his left hand. He would later explain that he'd dislocated the middle finger on that hand, to the point at which the knuckle was facing downward. So you can see why it looked so painful. Assuredly, it was.
Fortunately for the Giants, it was a simple dislocation that team medical personnel were able to reduce on the spot, and Nicks was back in the game on the Giants' next possession. He caught three passes for 60 yards after the injury, and there's no reason to expect it to be a lingering issue.
"I think he's fine," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. "He dislocated it, they put it back in and he came back into the game.
Football, you see. Tough-guy sport.
Other Giants injury notes:
Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who played about 60 percent of the defensive snaps in Week 1 after missing the preseason following offseason back surgery, was not on the field with the Giants' first-team defensive unit to start the game. He played, but he's not getting a full starter's workload at this point, as the team is using Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka as defensive ends in its base defense.
Tight end Brandon Myers was beaten up all game, taking several big hits, but he finished the game. Afterward, Myers said he felt sore but was OK. The most significant injury might have been to his pride, as he tripped over his own feet following a 27-yard catch over the middle in the second quarter.
Safety Antrel Rolle, who was listed on the injury report Friday with a groin injury, played the whole game and was fine.
Defensive end Damontre Moore made his NFL debut after missing Week 1 with a shoulder injury but was not a factor.