Rookie Giants safeties exit preseason game with injuries

By on August 15, 2015


Published: Friday, August 14, 2015, 9:47 PM

Updated: Saturday, August 15, 2015, 2:12 AM

Giants coach Tom Coughlin yells from the sideline during preseason game.Gary Landers/AP

CINCINNATI — Back in May, the Giants drafted a pair of safeties, taking Landon Collins in the second round and nabbing Mykkele Thompson in the fifth.

On Friday night at Paul Brown Stadium, both players left the Giants’ 23-10 preseason-opening loss to the Bengals with injuries. And at least one of those injuries could be serious. Collins, who has been working with the first team since the start of camp, left the game in the first quarter because of a knee injury. A quarter later, Thompson needed to be carted off the field after crumpling to the turf.

Collins said after the game that he was fine, adding that if there were a game tomorrow, he would be able to play. X-rays on his left knee were negative.

But Thompson’s injury could be more serious. He was unable to put weight on his right leg, and Tom Coughlin said the team feared the rookie had torn his Achilles. “Big concern,” the Giants’ coach said. “We don’t know.”

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The Giants are already thin at safety. Second-year man Nat Berhe did not make the trip to Cincinnati because he’s been dealing with a calf injury.

CB Jayron Hosley had an MRI on his neck and was evaluated for a possible concussion. He had a brace around his neck after the game. . . . CB Trumaine McBride left the game with a hamstring injury. . . . Backup MLB Uani Unga left the game with cramps and required an IV. . . . WR Odell Beckham Jr. made a point to get the jersey of Bengals RB Jeremy Hill, his close friend and former teammate at LSU.

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