Alford Injury Could be Giant Loss

CHICAGO – The Giants got out of their first preseason game with a victory and no injuries, the perfect combination. They weren't as fortunate in last night's 17-3 loss to the Bears at Soldier Field, as reserve defensive tackle Jay Alford had to be carted off the field with what the Giants are hoping is nothing more than a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee.

Alford went down in the third quarter when he got run into on a two-yard run by Chicago's Garrett Wolfe. He could not get to his feet on his own power and teammates patted him on the back as he was driven away. One encouraging sign was that Alford made it back to the bench in the fourth quarter and could be seen smiling with his teammates. An MRI will determine the full extent of the injury.

"Any time a guy gets carted off it seems pretty bad,'' defensive tackle Barry Cofield said. "I heard couple of guys who were on the field with him say he didn't look good so we were definitely scared. Just to see him walk back out there was a good feeling.''

Other bumps and bruises: Strong side linebacker Danny Clark in the first few minutes went down with a blow to his chin; he needed five stitches to close a wound caused by a cleat and was able to return. Defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka limped off after a second-quarter Giants punt but was also able to return, and cornerback Terrell Thomas in the locker room was limping and had his right leg heavily wrapped…

Rookie WR Hakeem Nicks' only catch was a 55-yard reception on a pass from Andre' Woodson. WR Ramses Barden had two catches for 10 yards. … Bryan Kehl again started at weak side LB in place of injured Michael Boley. At the start of training camp, Kehl and Gerris Wilkinson were supposedly in an open competition for the starting job until Boley heals. Kehl started the preseason opener and appears to have already won the job. Wilkinson played on the second defensive series and late in the second quarter had an 11-yard sack of backup QB Caleb Hanie. … Looking to find a way to stick on the roster, WR David Tyree failed to keep a Jeff Feagles punt from rolling into the end zone in the first quarter. … RB Brandon Jacobs ran seven times for 27 yards. … RB Danny Ware had a 34-yard kickoff return. … The Giants allowed a 38-yard kickoff return by Johnny Knox, who might have taken the ball into the end zone if not for Tynes' sliding tackle. … One bright spot: Reserve MLB Jonathan Goff played extremely well and had four tackles.

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