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Olivier Vernon Has Ankle Injury, More Giants News And Notes

Vernon out during Eagles’ final drives

NFL: New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles
Olivier Vernon chasing Carson Wentz on Sunday.
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Defensive end Olivier Vernon was not on the field Sunday for the New York Giants during the final two scoring drives by the Philadelphia Eagles in their stunning 27-24 victory over the Giants. Vernon tried to play through an ankle injury, but said it “kinda got worse” as the game progressed. He played 60 of 76 defensive snaps.

Vernon had a sack and five tackles (four solo) before leaving the game. He said Sunday he will undergo tests today to find out the severity of the injury. His plan?

“Figure out what it is and patch it up and keep going,” he said.

Running back Orleans Darkwa (seven carries, 22 yards on Sunday) suffered a back injury. He was announced as out, but Darkwa was on the field for the Giants’ final punt.

A few notes from Sunday’s loss:

  • The Giants fell to 0-3 for the first time since 2013, when they lost their first six games.
  • The 61-yard game-winning field goal by Jake Elliott was the longest kick ever against the Giants. The previous record for longest field goal against the Giants was 57 yards, by Green Bay’s Mason Crosby on Nov. 17, 2013 in MetLife Stadium.
  • The Giants gained 415 yards, their highest total since they had 470 in their game in Lincoln Financial Field last season.
  • The Giants’ time of possession of 22:28 was their lowest since Oct. 25, 2015, when they owned the ball for 21:56 in a victory against Dallas.
  • The 35 completions by Eli Manning was the third-highest total of his career. He hit 38 passes in his previous visit to Philadelphia, last Dec. 22. Manning’s career high is 41 completions, set against San Francisco on Oct. 11, 2015. His career total is now 4,158. That broke a tie with Pro Football Hall of Famer John Elway and moved Manning into sixth place on the NFL’s career list.
  • This was the 10th game in which Odell Beckham Jr. had at least two touchdown catches, a Giants record. Beckham had been tied at nine with Joe Morrison (1959-72) and Homer Jones (1964-69).