EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Rookie safety Darian Thompson will not play Sunday in the Giants' game against the Washington Redskins due to a sprained foot, and there is some concern he could miss more than that.
The Giants called Thompson "week to week" after announcing his foot sprain after he missed practice on Thursday. They said he injured his foot during the final defensive series of the Giants' 16-13 win over the Saints on Sunday when another player rolled onto his leg, though he did return a few plays later.
The Giants say Thompson will be evaluated on a weekly basis. According to a league source familiar with his situation, he's scheduled for his next set of tests on Monday. No one has said whether this is the dreaded "Lisfranc", or mid-foot injury which can often result in surgery. But one source said the initial feeling is that it "doesn't sound bad."
Exactly what that means will likely become more clear on Monday.
For now, though, this is a big blow to the Giants' defense, considering how much defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo (and others) have been raving about the rookie safety since the summer began.
He's been praised not only for his ability, but for his knowledge of the defense and his vocal leadership on the field. Also, the Giants' safety corps has never been deep and now it's a mess with Mykkele Thompson (knee) placed on IR earlier this week. That basically leaves Nat Berhe to start opposite Landon Collins and no backups on the current roster.
The Giants can obviously add one, but more likely if they need an emergency safety on Sunday it would be veteran CB Leon Hall. There is still hope Thompson's absence won't be long-term, but there does seem to be some concern in the organization that it will be more than a one-week thing.