New York Giants football is finally back, and after one preseason game fans are already talking each other off of the ledge.
Make no mistake, the Giants have issues like concerns over the passing game — both on offensive and defense — or Davis Webb’s “amped up” erratic play. However, we can’t allow ourselves to overlook the single biggest win to come out of the Giants’ 20-10 loss to the Cleveland Browns, the for "Kudos" that Ed forgot in his post game "Kudos and Wet Willie's":
They’re still healthy.
Giants fans got a stark reminder of that fact when Washington Redskins rookie running back Derrius Guice was diagnosed with a torn ACL on Friday. Guice suffered the injury when he was tackled awkwardly finishing a nice run against the New England Patriots.
The Giants aren't completely healthy, they lost rookie cornerback Sam Beal to a shoulder injury almost as soon as he became a Giant, and have suffered a spate of hamstring injuries in the secondary.
Hamstrings are frustrating injuries to have -- you can't do much until they're healthy, and even if you feel recovered, you might not yet be healthy. But compared to Guice and twelve (as of this writing) other season ending knee injuries, Thompson's hamstring is far from a worst case scenario.
The first week of preseason football brought the injury bug to several teams around the league. Tom Brady is dealing with back soreness while the Indianapolis Colts lost exciting rookie receiver Deon Cain for the season.
Injury provides opportunities for other players, and perhaps Guice's injury could be an opportunity for former Giants running back Orleans Darkwa.
But for the Giants, amd Giants fans, Guice's injury should serve as a reminder that while they have issues, they also have largely healthy players (and players who will return from injury) to coach up on those issues.