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Giants’ injury news: Janoris Jenkins headed for MRI on back

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Jenkins has been one of league’s best corners

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Janoris Jenkins is assisted to his feet after suffering a back injury Sunday.
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“That hurt, man. I was on the field like, ‘No, don’t do that. Don’t do that.’ I thought it was just a little wind or something that got knocked out of him, but to see him go down and what he means to this secondary, it gave us the mentality that we have to go out and play that much harder because it is going to be tough without our brother.”

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on the loss of Jenkins

New York Giants’ CB Janoris Jenkins left Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions early in the second quarter with a back injury. He collided with Trevin Wade as the two converged to break up a Matthew Stafford pass on third down. Jenkins did not return.

The injury looked a lot worse when it happened, as it appeared Jenkins may have hit the back of his head on Wade’s knee. Fortunately for the Giants, he was able to stand and jog off the field under his own power. He did not, however, return to the game.

Jenkins has been a shutdown corner for the Giants’ all season and they can ill-afford to lose him in the midst of the stretch-run. The Giants likely need two more victories to lock up a playoff spot and they’ll rely heavily on the defense. They’re already down Jason Pierre-Paul and Jenkins is arguably their best secondary defender.