Victor Cruz, whose torn patellar tendon will end his 2014 season, was not the only player the New York Giants lost to injury Sunday night. Cornerback Trumaine McBride will require surgery on a dislocated right thumb and could be lost for the season, head coach Tom Coughlin told reporters during a conference call Monday afternoon.
McBride had taken over at the Giants' starting slot cornerback after Walter Thurmond was lost for the season with a torn pectoral muscle.
To make matters worse, cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie left Sunday's game with back spasms apparently brought on by the ankle and hamstring injuries he had been trying to play through. Coughlin didn't sound encouraged about Rodgers-Cromartie.
Coughlin on Rodgers-Cromartie: "I hope we can figure out some way to take care of this medical issue.''— Paul Schwartz (@NYPost_Schwartz) October 13, 2014
The Giants face the Dallas Cowboys this week, meaning they have to contend with star wide receiver Dez Bryant.
The Giants, deep at corner when the season started, are now scrounging for answers. With McBride down, and possibly, DRC as well, that would put Zack Bowman in a starting role on the outside and could thrust Jayron Hosley into the role of slot cornerback. It could also force the Giants to consider moving Antrel Rolle from safety back to slot corner, something they have had only mixed success with in the past.
Remember, by the way, when there were almost no players on the Giants' injury report? Times have changed quickly.