Turnovers are a key reason the Giants find themselves in a three-way tie atop the NFC East alongside the Cowboys and Eagles. Big Blue has a +4 differential in terms of interceptions with the defense registering 5 takeaways and Eli throwing to the opposition just once all season. Out of those 5 INTs, cornerbacks Prince Amukamara and Trumaine McBride, each have one while LB Uani’ Unga has two and his linebacking counterpart Devon Kennard has one.
With 28 total tackles, Unga ranks first among the team’s defensive leaders while Kennard is third with 15 solo tackles and 10 assisted ones. It is thus unfortunate timing for Kennard to pick up an injury, not least one dealing with his hamstring.
“It’s day to day," noted Kennard on his injury. "I’ve probably iced it 100 times since our last game, and I’m just trying to get it right and doing whatever the trainers tell me, and hopefully I’ll be back soon.”
The second year pro said he hurt it after the Buffalo game but was optimistic. No stranger to this particularly ailment, Kennard was inactive for 3 games last September with a hamstring injury but refused to draw comparisons to his setback in 2014.
“All I know is I’m going to do everything I can to get back as soon as I can,” said Kennard.
Hamstrings are known to be tricky with seemingly minor tweaks becoming major issues as the season progresses which is why the team’s medics aren’t pushing it. They have told Devon to take it easy and to constantly ice the soreness while elevating his foot every now and then.
The strongside linebacker is “hopeful” and doesn’t want to miss any playing time especially against a QB, Colin Kaepernick, who was sacked 6 times against the packers. Said Kennard, “I love the way that we’re playing, I love what we have going on, and if there’s any way possible I can play on Sunday, I will.”
If Kennard doesn’t start on Sunday, the Giants will most likely play Mark Herzlich at his position with Jasper Brinkley and Jonathan Casillas as the team’s other options.