09/27 00:50 CDT Giants take 2 body blows from Cowboys, a loss and injury
Giants take 2 body blows from Cowboys, a loss and injury
By TOM CANAVAN
AP Sports Writer
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) --- The New York Giants took it on the chin against
the Dallas Cowboys.
Dropping a hard-fought 23-16 decision to the rival Cowboys on Monday night to
lose for the first time under new coach Brian Daboll hurt. What was worse came
at the end of the game.
Wide receiver Sterling Shepard, the Giants' longest-tenured player and one of
the key leaders on a young team, sustained a leg injury on New York's final
offensive play and it did not look good.
Shepard, who took a pay cut to come back this year, had to be carted off the
field and Daboll said there's a possibility the injury is very serious.
Shepard made it back for the season opener and caught a touchdown pass after
recovering from an Achilles tendon injury late last season.
"It was heartbreaking," offensive tackle Andrew Thomas said. "Shep worked
really hard to get back and to see him go through something like that again, I
feel for the guy. He loves the game, he works hard."
Daboll had no immediate information on the extent of the injury but he was
clearly worried about the 29-year-old who led the Giants (2-1) with five
catches for 49 yards.
New York quarterback Daniel Jones, who was sacked five times by the Cowboys and
was on the run most of the game eluding pass rushers, said seeing Shepard go
down on a play where they was seemingly no contact was rough.
"Real tough to see that, for sure," said Jones, who ran for 79 yards and threw
for 196. "A guy who works so hard, he's battling back from an injury last year.
I feel for him as a teammate, as a close friend and yeah, that's tough to see."
Shepard was not made available to reporters after the game.
Saquon Barkley, whose 36-yard touchdown run gave the Giants a 13-6 lead in the
third quarter, said he will go home, say a prayer for Shepard and hope for the
"Just the type of guy Shep is, he is a character, especially the energy he
brings to the team," Barkley said. "He's one of my best friends, if not my best
friend. So to see him go down, you know, we all got his back."
Daboll called the injury a shame.
"Guys work their butts off to get back from injuries, and if this is something
that he's out for the whole season -- which we'll probably know tomorrow
morning or maybe even tonight -- you hurt for those guys because they put
everything into it," he said.
As for the loss, Daboll said his approach will be the same. It's one game and
the team needs to correct its mistakes and get ready to play the Bears on
"You can't let these things linger just like you can't let a win linger," he
said. "You have to move on and get ready on the next opponent. To ride the
rollercoaster, there's going to be a lot of ups and downs throughout the
league, throughout the year for any team."
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