Injuries abound for Giants and Ravens
A hard-hitting exhibition between the New York Giants and Baltimore Ravens produced far more injuries than touchdowns.
New York won, 13-12, Sunday night at Baltimore, but both teams lost key players during a physical affair.
Two members of the Giants’ starting defense were hurt. Safety Will Demps dislocated an elbow and cornerback Sam Madison pulled a hamstring.
New York wide receiver Michael Jennings had three catches for 31 yards before rupturing his Achilles’ tendon, and receiver Steve Smith, a rookie from USC, suffered a concussion.
Ravens cornerback Samari Rolle and receiver Mark Clayton sprained ankles.
The game was as sloppy as it was physical. New York (1-1) was penalized 11 times for 106 yards, and Baltimore (1-1) was called for 11 penalties totaling 66 yards.
Ravens quarterback Steve McNair played three series, going five for eight for 29 yards with one interception. Running back Willis McGahee played much of the first half, gaining three yards in six carries.
Giants quarterback Eli Manning played deep into the second quarter, going 10 for 13 for 114 yards and producing the game’s lone touchdown, a 10-yard pass to Smith.
A veteran position on a young Buffalo Bills team has taken a major hit with the loss of defensive end Ryan Denney, who broke his left foot during Buffalo’s 13-10 exhibition loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Friday night.
Denney, who was injured on the opening kickoff, is scheduled for surgery today and will be out indefinitely.
Marcus Washington is out at least a week. Jason Campbell is officially “day-to-day.” Given the circumstances of their injuries, the Washington Redskins couldn’t ask for much better news.
Washington and Campbell were injured during Saturday night’s 12-10 exhibition loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, and they spent much of Sunday afternoon at Redskins Park getting treatment for soreness and swelling. Washington has a dislocated right elbow, and Campbell’s MRI exam confirmed the initial diagnosis of a bruised left knee.