Several Giants, including Antrel Rolle and Chase Blackburn, were injured during the game and did not return.
Rolle suffered a possible concussion after slamming his head into the turf while defending a pass to Dez Bryant along the sidelines late in the fourth quarter. Rolle went to make a big hit, but once he realized Bryant would not make the catch, he jumped to avoid contact but landed on his head.
He was down for several minutes, but he was able to jog off the field, where team trainers evaluated him for a concussion. He did not return to the game, but he was able to tweet Monday morning.
Meanwhile, Blackburn hurt his left hamstring in the third quarter after tackling Felix Jones. He had to be helped off the field and did not return to the game.
Keith Rivers (calf strain) and Bear Pascoe (sprained ankle) also left the game and did not return.
These injuries will be further evaluated this week in preparation for Sunday’s game against the Steelers.
Losing Rolle and Blackburn long-term could really hurt this team. That’s two defensive starters we’re talking about, not to mention team leaders.
Concussions and hamstring injuries are both tough. We’ve seen several players rebound nicely from concussions this season, so hopefully the same will be true with Rolle.
A hamstring injury has a tendency to be nagging, since it’s very delicate and can be re-aggravated easily.
Blackburn is a trooper and there aren’t many things that will keep him off the field, but he might just have to be patient on this one.
The Giants are already playing without Kenny Phillips, though Stevie Brown has shined filling in. But the team can’t afford to lose Rolle as well.
If both players are out for a while, expect Tyler Sash and Mark Herzlich or Spencer Paysinger to fill in respectively.
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