EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ — Six New York Giants players walked out of Sunday’s 31-18 loss to the Detroit Lions with injuries, including wide receiver Wan’Dale Robinson.
According to a source, there is concern that Robinson has sustained a serious injury to his right knee. The rookie immediately grabbed his knee after being tackled near the Giants touchline in the first game of the fourth quarter. He will undergo further tests on Monday.
“He looked like he was in a lot of pain. He was,” said coach Brian Daboll. “I do not know what it is.”
New York cornerbacks Adoree’ Jackson (knee) and Fabian Moreau (ribs), safety Jason Pinnock (jaw), center Jon Feliciano (neck) and right tackle Tire Phillips (neck) also left Sunday’s game with injuries .
Pinnock was taken to a local hospital by ambulance for further evaluation.
The sheer number of injuries is especially relevant as the Giants have a quick turnaround this week. They play away against divisional rivals the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving.
“No one feels sorry for us,” said Feliciano, who said initial tests had been positive and kept open the possibility of being ready by Thursday.
Robinson, a second-round pick from Kentucky, was having the most productive game of his career before the injury. He had a career-high nine catches on 13 goals for 100 yards.
Robinson also suffered a right MCL sprain earlier this season.
“Hard to see him go down,” said Giants quarterback Daniel Jones. “I thought he played really well and made some really big plays for us throughout the game. Seeing him go down like that is hard and feels for him. We’ve had guys who have been promoted all year and played well, so it won. It’s no different here. We all have his back and we definitely support him.
The Giants had questions at wide receiver before this game. Darius Slayton started Sunday as the only wide receiver on the list with more than 200 yards receiving. The embattled Kenny Golladay doubled his catch this season with two wins against the Lions, his former team.
Secondary education in New York will continue to be a major concern going forward. Starting safety Xavier McKinney is already on injury reserve with a hand injury sustained in an off-road driving accident during bye week. Now Jackson and Moreau’s status is in doubt with CeeDee Lamb and the Cowboys on the horizon.
Jackson, who was injured while returning a punt, said his X-rays were clean but would still need to have an MRI.
“[Hyperextension] everything it was,” Jackson said. “It was one of those things. I tried to do a juke, thought it was good, it came down low. Leg was just in the ground. He got me like that. Nothing crazy like that.”
Daboll was asked if there were any regrets in using Jackson as his relatively new returnee.
“No. Look, it’s football,” said Daboll. “Of course it was unfortunate. But we’ll see where we stand here [Monday] and later [Sunday night].”
The Giants (7-3) will have work to do in Dallas. They lost to the Cowboys 23-16 earlier this season at MetLife Stadium when Dak Prescott was injured.
Now, after the bumpy result against Detroit, they could enter this key competition badly under-manned.
“I mean it happens. It happens in every game,” Daboll said of the injuries. “I’m going to meet with the coaches… and talk about it. Make a plan for a short week. That’s it.”