The New York Giants have managed to stay (largely) healthy in 2016.
Olivier Vernon and Jason Pierre-Paul entered Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints with injuries.
Vernon has a wrist injury and sported a big wrap that was reminiscent of the club JPP wore on his maimed hand in 2015.
NYG JPP & Olivier Vernon, who has a considerable wrap on left wrist. pic.twitter.com/5fwlbxbcMY— Kimberly Jones (@KimJonesSports) September 18, 2016
The injury did seem to impact him, at least early in the game. While he got a memorable almost-sack of Brees and some pressure late in the game, Vernon was largely quiet.
JPP entered the game with a sore shoulder, an injury that he said would have kept him out of the game earlier in his career. However, he added, the experience of his fireworks accident changed his pain tolerance and the chance to play in front of his two-year-old son for the first time at home is a motivation in and of itself.
During the game, safety Mykkele Thompson was forced to leave the field with a knee injury.
Mykkele Thompson of Giants questionable to return with knee injury. Didn't see when that happened.— Big Blue View (@bigblueview) September 18, 2016
But perhaps the most far-reaching injury was to right tackle Marshall Newhouse, who came off the field with a strained calf during the fourth quarter.
Giants radio broadcast said Marshall Newhouse has a calf strain and is out for the game.— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) September 18, 2016
He was later seen in the locker room sporting a walking boot. The extent of his injury is currently unknown, so we don't know if he will be available for the Giants' game against the Washington Redskins next week. Second-year lineman Bobby Hart stepped in at right tackle in relief of Newhouse.
If Newhouse isn't available next week, the Giants will have to make a decision whether to stay with Hart at right tackle or start returning tackle Will Beatty. Beatty has been inactive through the first two weeks of the season after joining the Giants shortly before the end of pre-season. While the Giants might have been hoping to ease Beatty back into the game after missing 2015 with chest and rotator cuff injuries, the injury to Newhouse might not give them the luxury.
The best injury news, however, came from the Saints. The sight of corner P.J. Williams being carted off the field strapped to a backboard was a chilling one. Williams was knocked unconscious by a pair of knees to the head while tackling Larry Donnell -- one knee from Donnell, one from a teammate.
He was taken to a local hospital where he was evaluated for a possible spinal injury. It's being reported that Williams did not suffer a spine injury and while concussed, he is "okay" to fly home with the team, which is great news.
Stay tuned for more news and updates as we get them.