11:00 P.M. Update: Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports has reported that the early word on center David Baas’ knee injury is a sprained MCL and that the belief is the avoided a MCL tear. Garafolo said that he believes Baas could be sidelined anywhere from 3-6 weeks.
If there was any good news to come from the Giants’ 20-12 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, evening, it was on the injury front.
The Giants lost starting center David Baas to a sprained left knee and receiver Victor Cruz to a bruised left heel in the first series of the game. X-rays on both starters were negative, though both are believed to be scheduled to have MRIs on Monday morning to determine the extent of their respective injuries.
But the good news, at least where Cruz was concerned, is that he was seen on the sideline in street clothes without any sort of walking boot or crutches.
The game also marked the return of several payers who missed the preseason opener last week, including right guard Chris Snee, defensive end Justin Tuck, and receiver Hakeem Nicks.
“It felt great to be back out there,” said Nicks. “I’m just getting my feet back up under me. I’m working hard to get my timing back to where it needs to be with Eli. My body felt good and it’s just great to be back on the field with my team.”
Tuck, however, was seen toward the end of the game on the Giants sideline in street clothes, a large wrap around his left leg for what was announced by the team as a hamstring injury.
And finally, tight end/fullback Larry Donnell (knee), who was originally not supposed to play this week, showed up in pregame warm-ups in full uniform, jogging up and down the sideline. He even took a few snaps late in the game.
Donnell had suffered a sprained knee in Friday’s practice after landing awkwardly after making a reception, and had to be carted off the field.
Otherwise, the following Giants did not play against the Colts: receivers Brandon Collins (hamstring) and Jerrel Jernigan (hamstring); cornerbacks Corey Webster (soreness) and Terrell Thomas (knee); safeties Antrel Rolle (ankle) and Cooper Taylor (hamstring); running back Da’Rel Scott (shoulder); fullback Henry Hynoski (PUP/knee); offensive lineman Chris DeGeare (ankle); and defensive linemen Markus Kuhn (PUP/knee), Damontre Moore (shoulder); and Jason Pierre-Paul (PUP/back).