Giants' Devin Thomas carted off field

Updated: December 18, 2011, 6:26 PM ET
By Mike Mazzeo | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants wide receiver/special teamer Devin Thomas was placed onto a stretcher and carted off the field after being injured when he tackled Washington Redskins tight end Logan Paulsen following a kick on the final play of the first half of Sunday's 23-10 loss.

It appeared as though Paulsen's knee collided with Thomas' helmet as Thomas attempted to bring him down. Thomas stayed on the ground for several minutes while he was being attended to by the team's medical staff. He lifted his arm up as the cart entered the tunnel before going into the locker room.

The team announced Thomas has a neck injury, but he was up and walking around. He later stood on the sidelines in sweatpants.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Thomas will go for a series of precautionary tests on his neck.

"Devin Thomas is going to go through a series of tests to determine, as I understand it, precautionary stuff," Coughlin said. "It sounded as if it was a stinger versus a disc. They will have to see the tests and determine all that stuff."

Said a post on Thomas' Twitter account: "Everyone i appreciate the love and prayers! Thank God im ok. It looks as if it was a stinger. Definately a scary moment."

The 25-year-old Thomas has served as a valuable special teams contributor for the Giants all season. He came into Sunday's game with one reception for 12 yards and three tackles -- two of them solo. Thomas also had returned 24 kicks for 576 yards -- including a long of 40 yards.

Later in the game, the team announced that tight end Jake Ballard had a right knee sprain and would not return.

He said he will have an MRI on Monday.

Ballard was hurt on the first play of New York's final drive of the opening half, a 15-yard gain.

Ballard has 38 catches and four touchdowns this season, his second as a pro and first as a starter.

Mike Mazzeo covers the Giants for ESPNNewYork.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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