The New York Giants won their second exhibition game 13-12 against the Baltimore Ravens yesterday at M&T Bank Stadium, but they certainly felt like losers walking off the field. The G-Men suffered five major injuries during the rainy, sloppy affair, a significant number for a team already reeling from the looming absence of Michael Strahan.
Two members of the starting defense left in the second quarter. Safety Will Demps, who started all 16 games last season, dislocated an elbow and could miss at least several weeks, and cornerback Sam Madison pulled a hamstring. New York also lost two offensive players. Wide receiver Michael Jennings had three catches for 31 yards before rupturing his Achilles tendon. He will most likely miss the entire season. Former USC superstar Steve Smith, who was drafted in the second round this offseason and caught a touchdown pass last night, left with a concussion. Tight end Jeremy Shockey also struggled with a tight hamstring, although his injury did not appear to be serious.
Most NFL analysts already picked New York to finish near or at the bottom of the NFC East division this season. Now, I’m not even sure David Blaine could escape the long, painful year the G-Men are about to endure.