Injury Bug Keeps on Biting

For the second straight game, the Giants suffered multiple injuries to prominent players. No, they didn't exactly lose their starting QB, RB and RDE, like they did during the season opener, but watching Plaxico Burress limp into the locker room with a sprained ankle shortly before halftime couldn't exactly have been construed as good news for Big Blue.

Fortunately for the Giants, Burress returned after halftime.



The WRs corps took another hit when Steve Smith was lost with a scapula (shoulder) injury. The rookie left in the first period and didn't return. There were conflicting reports regarding Smith's status, including one that stated that he broke the scapula and would be out for the season. For the latest on Smith's status, log onto thegiantinsider.com.

"Rough day. Rough (expletive) day," Burress said as he got to his locker. "I just got a couple nicks. I'll be all right."

Burress, who also injured his left pinky finger, was more concerned about his club's rough loss instead of his personal health status.

"It's a game that coming in we saw ourselves winning," he said. "We just didn't get it done. Offense, defense, special teams: We stunk it up. We gotta rebound next week. We have to get it together."

Proving that the injury bug wasn't solely hitting the WRs, backup QB Jared Lorenzen sprained his left ankle and rookie CB Aaron Ross left the game twice with cramps.

After the game, RB Ahmad Bradshaw and LB Reggie Torbor had their injured elbows in a sling. Reserve DE Adrian Awasom was in a neck brace and a sling.

Still streaking

Despite the contusion to the AC joint he suffered in Dallas, Eli Manning started and played into the fourth quarter. He completed 16-of-29 passes for 211 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He was sacked once.

About two hours prior to kickoff, Manning took the Giants Stadium field. He played a relaxed game of catch with Lorenzen, then threw to his receivers. Manning then made his 41st consecutive regular season start. Manning trails only Brett Favre, who has now started 239 straight games, his brother Peyton (146), and Tom Brady, who reached 96 consecutive starts Sunday night.

Manning, who received a long and loud ovation when he was introduced prior to the game, said afterward that he was in good shape physically.

"I feel fine," Manning said. "My shoulder didn't bother me at all during the game. I felt like I could throw the ball. I had good velocity on everything. That was not an issue.

"If I feel like I can play, I'm going to play. I always listen to the doctors and the trainers. The doctor said (early last week), ‘You're probably going to miss a few games.' That doesn't mean I have to believe it. It doesn't mean I have to say, ‘I'm out two weeks or whatever.' My mindset was I wanted to try to play this week. I didn't really tell anybody that. But I was getting treatment and doing everything I could possibly do to get better. I felt I could play and help the team."

Huge loss

Judging by the statistics, New York is in terrible shape following its 35-13 los to Green Bay. The difference in the playoff participation rate between teams that start 1-1 as opposed to those that lose their first two games is significant. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, since 1990, 96 of 237 teams that started 1-1 made the playoffs. That's 40.5 percent. During that same period, only 18 of 139 teams that started 0-2 rebounded to reach postseason play. That's only 12.9 percent.

By the numbers

The Packers now lead the regular-season series, which dates to 1928, 25-21-2. Green Bay also leads the postseason series, 4-1. All five of the team's postseason matchups were in NFL Championship games between 1938 and 1962 with the Giants only victory coming in their first postseason meeting…

The Giants are now 5-5 against the Packers in Giants Stadium and 14-13-2 as the home team against Green Bay. The visiting team has won the last four games in the series…

The Giants dropped to 45-34-4 in home openers all-time and 17-15 in Giants Stadium openers. The Packers have 49 wins in road openers, the most in NFL history…

The 22-point deficit was the Giants' largest in a home opener since a 50-21 loss to Washington on Sept. 19, 1999.

Quote of the Game

"No hope is lost here. You take your whipping like a man. It just takes one turning point. You can't panic. You can't feel like all is lost." – Giants DE Michael Strahan

Inactives

New York had no problem filling out its inactive list against Green Bay. Even with Eli Manning and Osi Umenyiora (three tackles) suiting up, RB Brandon Jacobs (knee), CB Kevin Dockery (ankle), LB Gerris Wilkinson (knee) and WR David Tyree (wrist) all missed the contest due to injury. Additionally, rookie OT Adam Koets, G Kevin Boothe and newly-signed DT Russell Davis were healthy scratches. Anthony Wright was the club's third QB.

What a man

Former Giants DE George Martin walked the length of the field at halftime as 38 former Giants held a flag in the shape of the United States. On Sunday Martin began a walk that will take him from the George Washington Bridge to the Golden Gate Bridge. He hopes to raise $10 million for the medical and recovery workers who were the first respondents at the site of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

The former Giants in attendance included Frank Gifford, Harry Carson, Rodney Hampton, Joe Pisarcik, Brad Van Pelt, Earl Morrall, Scott Brunner, Ed Baker, Karl Nelson, Dick Lynch, Keith Elias, Lee Rouson, Tucker Frederickson, Bobby Duhon, Chuck Mercein, Greg Comella, Bob Tucker, John Booty, Erich Barnes, Tom Longo, Karl Nelson, Doug Van Horn, Bart Oates, Bill Ard, Brad Benson, Damian Johnson, J.T. Turner, John Baker, Curtis McGriff, Eric Dorsey, Rich Glover, Andy Robustelli, Din Herrmann, Gerry Huth, Mike Friede, Christian Peter, Howard Cross, Brian Saxton, Bob Simms, Steve Thurlow and Derek Engler.

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