Rookie safety Darian Thompson suffered what a source said was a "bruised" shoulder on Saturday in Buffalo that may be bad enough to keep him out of this Saturday's game against the Jets.
The Giants revealed the injury on Monday, telling reporters that Thompson is "week to week". That was alarming considering there are only three weeks left until the opener and Thompson, a third-round pick, has emerged as a near lock to win one of the starting safety jobs.
But a source insisted it might not be that bad, though a shoulder bruise could be painful and restricting enough to keep him out at least through the weekend. It was unknown how extensive the bruise was. The Giants did not reveal any specifics of the injury and coach Ben McAdoo was not available to speak to the media on Monday.
Another safety, Mykkele Thompson, also got hurt in the Giants' 21-0 loss in Buffalo. With both of them out, second-year pro Nat Berhe was on the first-team defense as the Giants went through what was essentially a walkthrough practice on Monday. He could end up starting next to Landon Collins this Saturday against the Jets.
After that, the Giants will have only one preseason game remaining before their regular-season opener in Dallas on Sept. 11.