EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Rookie edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux, the team’s top draft choice this year, stayed on the ground and grabbed his right knee with 11:04 remaining in the second quarter. Thibodeaux’s leg bent awkwardly when he was hit directly on the knee by tight end Thaddeus Moss. The situation looked ominous when a medical cart was driven onto the field. But Thibodeaux got up and walked off without assistance. He was examined in the medical tent on the sideline before retreating to the locker room. The Giants soon announced that he would not return to the game.
“I think it was a pretty scary moment there,” quarterback Daniel Jones said. “You never want to see anyone go down. We’ll see and it was a tough play. You kind of saw the block and the collision there. I hope he’s alright, I think he’s doing better.”
“I think it’s a scare any time,” coach Brian Daboll said. “These players work as hard as they can possibly work to try to do as well as they can. Anytime you see someone on the turf, regardless of how they got here, it’s hard as a coach to watch a guy go down.”
Daboll wouldn’t rule out anything regarding Thibodeaux, including the possibility the injury might be severe.
“I can’t answer that yet,” he said. “I think they’ll do the tests tonight, MRIs and stuff like that, and get a better feel for it in the morning. You hope not, but don’t know the answer to that yet.”
Daboll said he will know more about the injuries on Monday.