Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Giants Receiving Core Rammed by Injuries
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Facing the prospect of an (0-2) start; the Giants answered the bell and disposed of the St. Louis Rams 28-16 Monday night. If Big Blue thought they had injury problems coming into Monday’s game; their issues just got a heck of a lot worse.
Wide receiver Mario Manningham left the game in the second quarter following his bobbling 31 yard catch in the final minutes of the half. The team initially called it a neck injury, but it’s now reported Manningham has been diagnosed with a concussion. On the first play after Manningham’s grab, Dominick Hixon performed his own version of the juggling act reeling in a 22 yard touchdown, but tweaking his knee in the process. With two of the G-men’s top receivers likely on the shelf for Sunday’s contest in Philadelphia; New York will look to their star wide out Hakeem Nicks to percolate in Week three.
Newly acquired veteran Brandon Stoakley’s role in the offense will likely increase, while second year player Victor Cruz will see action as the number three receiving option. In an offseason where New York lost wide receiver Steve Smith and tight end Kevin Boss to free agency; Eli Manning’s receiving weapons are disappearing fast.
With New York’s Bye Week still four weeks away, Big Blue will have to patchwork their offensive attack to stay afloat in the cutthroat NFC East.