Baas, Cruz, and Tuck Injured in 20-12 New York Giants Preseason Loss to Indianapolis Colts: The New York Giants fell to the Indianapolis Colts 20-12 on Sunday night at MetLife Stadium. The bigger concern for the Giants was the injury suffered by OC David Baas early in the game. According to press reports, the preliminary diagnosis is that Baas suffered an MCL sprain to his left knee. The press is speculating he could miss 3-6 weeks. Meanwhile, WR Victor Cruz left the game with what is believed to be a bruised heel after x-rays proved negative. DE Justin Tuck also suffered a slight hamstring strain.
As for the game, the Giants’ starting offense played the bulk of the first half, and moved the ball at times, but failed to finish drives. The Giants’ first drive stalled when the team could not convert on 4th-and-1 from the Colts’ 7-yard line. The Giants reached the Colts’ 7-yard line on their next possession again, but settled for a 25-yard field goal. QB Eli Manning was picked off on 3rd-and-1 on New York’s third drive of the game. The Giants went three-and-out on their fourth possession after RT David Diehl gave up a 13-yard sack. The Giants had 1st-and-goal from the 5-yard line on their fifth possession and had to settle for a 27-yard field goal. And on New York’s final possession of the first half, the Giants reached the Colts’ 12-yard line but ended the drive with a 45-yard field goal.
Defensively, the Giants forced a three-and-out on the Colts’ first series. But then Indianapolis drove 81 yards in eight plays to score a touchdown when CB Aaron Ross batted a sure interception into the air that was then caught on the rebound by the man he was covering for a touchdown. After Manning’s interception, the Colts could not pick up a first down, but still managed to successfully kick a 52-yard field goal. On Indy’s fourth drive, the Colts drove 60 yards in seven plays with QB Andrew Luck throwing a perfect 18-yard touchdown strike over CB Jayron Hosley. Indianapolis reached the Giants’ 29-yard line on their last possession of the first half, but Hosley picked off a pass from back-up QB Matt Hasselbeck and returned it 37 yards.
In the second-half, the reserves for both teams only managed three points each.
Video highlights/lowlights of the game are available at NFL.com.
Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Post-Game Press Conference: The transcript of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s post-game press conference is available at Giants.com.
Post-Game Notes: The following Giants did not play in the game: QB Curtis Painter, RB Da’Rel Scott (shoulder), FB Henry Hynoski (PUP-knee), WR Jerrel Jernigan (soreness), WR Brandon Collins (hamstring), OT Chris DeGeare (ankle), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (PUP-back), DE Damontre Moore (shoulder), DT Markus Kuhn (PUP-knee), CB Corey Webster (soreness), CB Terrell Thomas (knee/hamstring), S Antrel Rolle (ankle), and S Cooper Taylor (hamstring).
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