Giants’ general manager Jerry Reese wasn’t exactly in a chatty mood after the Giants lost to the Patriots 28-20,
“Got a lot of decisions to make,” he said.
One could hardly blame him for not wanting to talk about the upcoming roster cuts the Giants will need to make which have potentially been altered by three injuries suffered in the preseason finale.
The most serious of the bunch was to running back André Brown, who, after taking a second quarter hand-off, was hit on the side of his left leg, the impact causing what was described as a “small fracture,” reportedly to his fibula, which is the non-weight bearing bone in the leg.
This marks the second year in a row that Brown has a broken left leg. He also blew out his Achilles tendon as a rookie.
“It’s just a little bump in the road,” said Brown said after the game. “It’s not that bad from what they’re saying. It definitely doesn’t require surgery or anything of that nature.”
The injury to Brown is a big blow to a running back group that had been projected to have Brown, David Wilson, rookie Michael Cox, and fullback Henry Hynoski as locks for the 53-man roster.
Brown, who is typically the team’s short yardage back and who, along with Hynoski is a reliable pass protector, could be a candidate for the temporary IR designation which teams can assign starting Sept. 3.
His absence probably means that the Giants will keep Ryan Torain, who had been on the bubble. The Giants could also look to see if a suitable veteran might be available if Hynoski, who recently came off PUP but who has yet to take any game action, isn’t ready for opening day against Dallas.
Another potential big blow was the foot injury suffered by tight end Adrien Robinson on a kickoff return when he was hit from behind.
Robinson’s X-rays were negative, but he was sporting a walking boot and was on crutches, with a MRI scheduled for Friday afternoon.
“It doesn’t hurt that bad,” Robinson said after the game. “They just want to be careful with it. I don’t think it’s that serious. I’ve never had a foot injury, but I usually heal pretty quickly and it’s not broken.”
Depending on the severity of Robinson’s injury, that could open the door for Larry Donnell, who had flashed during the summer, to take his roster spot. However, a more likely scenario would see the Giants having Hynoski back for Week 1, which would allow the team to move Bear Pascoe from fullback back to tight end.
Finally, backup safety Tyler Sash suffered a concussion, the extent of which wasn’t known after the game.
Sash’s injury couldn’t come at a worse time for a unit that is already looking at entering the season without Stevie Brown (knee), and who will be without Will Hill for the first four games of the season as the second-year player serves his second league-imposed suspension.
If Sash is unable to play against the Cowboys, the Giants could be forced to play rookie Cooper Taylor, who got his first preseason snaps against the Patriots after missing a huge chunk of camp and the previous three games with a hamstring issue.
The more likely bet, though, will be the Giants exploring the addition of a veteran safety, such as Tom Zbikowski, most recently with the Bears, or perhaps even old friend Kenny Phillips, who was cut by the Eagles last week.