Sep 26, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA;  New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) reacts to an intentional grounding penalty flag during the second half against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Giants dig for help as Bears chase third win

New York Giants coach Brian Daboll lauded the play of quarterback Daniel Jones in the team’s Week 3 home loss to Dallas, contending Jones’ versatility kept the Giants in the game.

Jones accounted for 275 total yards while recording at least 75 yards on the ground for the third time in his career.

That ultimately wasn’t enough in a 23-16 defeat, but Jones showed the kind of leadership the team hopes to channel in Sunday’s game against the visiting Chicago Bears — and going forward. New York (2-1) has started the season strong despite a thin receiving corps that absorbed more bad news during the Dallas game, as No. 1 wideout Sterling Shepard suffered a torn ACL in his left knee on a non-contact play.

Contact has been a hot topic as the Giants attempt to keep Jones healthy and the offense running. He’s averaging 8.3 rushing attempts through three games and was hit 12 times with 17 pressures in the loss to the Cowboys. Jones has been sacked 13 times this season.

“You want to eliminate, or at least limit, the number of hits,” Daboll said. “You can tell a quarterback, don’t take this. That’s usually when they start thinking about things. He’s making good decisions, when to take off. Guys that can scramble, making loose plays, put pressure on the defense. I’ll never take that away from him.”

New York hopes to get a boost from struggling Kenny Golladay as well as a pair of receivers in Kadarius Toney (hamstring) and Wan’Dale Robinson (knee) who are hoping to come untracked after navigating early-season injuries. In addition to those injuries, the Giants have mounting concerns in the secondary. Cor’Dale Flott (appendix) is a new addition to the injury list and Nick McCloud (hamstring) is unlikely to play in Week 4.

Fortunately for Daboll, running back Saquon Barkley remains a stabilizing force for the Giants’ attack. He leads the NFL with 408 yards from scrimmage, an average of 136 per game, and has a history of faring well against the Bears. Barkley rushed for 102 yards in the most recent meeting, and had 146 scrimmage yards in a home overtime win against Chicago in December 2018.

The Bears (2-1) are coming off a 23-20 home win against Houston in which their defense aided a struggling offense.

A Roquan Smith interception deep in Houston territory set up Cairo Santos’ game-ending field goal. Quarterback Justin Fields was 8-for-17 for 106 yards and a pair of interceptions. Fields was resolute about shifting his focus toward the Giants.

“Just learn from your mistakes knowing that you’re not going to be perfect and move on. … Just correct each and every mistake and try to be better in every aspect,” he said.

Smith missed practice Wednesday, as did cornerback Jaylon Johnson, with a quad injury. He’ll be needed for a repeat of last week’s good fortune.

An opportunistic defense and sterling running game helped the Bears take down Houston despite losing top rusher David Montgomery (ankle) to injury in the early going, and Chicago ran for 281 yards. Khalil Herbert enjoyed a breakout game, running for 157 yards and two scores.

Chicago boasts a three-game winning streak in the series and a 31-21-2 all-time edge against New York. The Bears rolled past the visiting Giants 29-3 in the teams’ most recent meeting in Week 17 of last season, although their leading passer (Andy Dalton) and rusher (Montgomery) from that afternoon are no longer with the organization and day-to-day, respectively. Montgomery didn’t practice Wednesday.

The Giants didn’t practice Wednesday but estimated top defensive lineman Leonard Williams (knee), Toney (hamstring) and Robinson (knee) would have missed the session.

Bears coach Matt Eberflus said the team hopes receiver Velus Jones Jr., who has missed the first three games with a hamstring injury, will be available against the Giants. He was limited in Wednesday’s practice.

“He’s been conditioning, working in there,” Eberflus said.

The team this week placed receiver Byron Pringle (calf) on injured reserve.

–Field Level Media

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Hospital to appeal $28.5M verdict for former Giants RB Michael Cox

The Hospital for Special Surgery plans to appeal a $28.5 million verdict in favor of former New York Giants running back Michael Cox, a spokesperson for the hospital told Field Level Media on Tuesday.

The New York Post first reported last week that Cox won a lawsuit filed against his medical team, and the HSS confirmed the verdict amount to Field Level Media.

Cox, now 33, was a seventh-round selection by the Giants in 2013. He played in 14 games that season and four the following season before sustaining serious leg injuries in a game in Seattle.

Surgery was performed by Dr. Dean Lorich, a prominent orthopedic trauma surgeon, at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan to repair Cox’s broken leg, damaged cartilage and injured ankle.

Cox sued the doctor and hospital for unspecified damages in May 2016 on the grounds Lorich didn’t properly treat his ankle, bringing his career to an end. New York Presbyterian Hospital also was a defendant.

The jury that heard the case in Manhattan Supreme Court awarded Cox $15.5 million in future pain and suffering, $1 million for past pain and suffering and $12 million in lost earnings on Friday, the Post reported.

He was playing on a four-year, $2.3 million contract.

“We disagree strongly with the jury’s verdict and believe it was inconsistent with the evidence in the case,” a spokesperson for the HSS told Field Level Media. “We will be appealing the decision.”

The HSS is an academic medical center that has specialized in orthopedics since 1863.

In 2017, Steven North, Cox’s attorney at the time, told the New York Daily News that Lorich didn’t properly treat the talus bone in the player’s ankle.

“It was not even addressed during the subsequent office visits by cleaning it out,” North told the Daily News.

“It got worse and worse and worse to a point where ultimately, Michael went to different doctors, had multiple surgeries, and his career was ruined — he cannot play football anymore.”

In December 2017, Lorich was found dead at his home in what was ruled a suicide. At the time, North told the Daily News that the suit could proceed because Lorich was covered by the hospital’s insurance policy.

–Field Level Media

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Giants WR Sterling Shepard tears ACL, out for season

New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard tore his left ACL in Monday night’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys and will miss the rest of the season, head coach Brian Daboll confirmed Tuesday.

The non-contact injury occurred during New York’s final offensive play of the game. Shepard was running a pattern straight down the field and suddenly pulled up and grabbed at his left knee. He fell to the ground and was treated by the training staff before leaving on the cart.

Shepard had five receptions for 49 yards in the 23-16 loss. In three games this season, he had 13 catches for a team-leading 154 yards and one touchdown.

Shepard saw his 2021 season end when he tore his left Achilles in a game against Dallas on Dec. 19.

The 29-year-old has 362 catches for 4,038 yards and 22 touchdowns in 75 games (72 starts) over seven NFL seasons, all with New York.

–Field Level Media

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Giants WR Kenny Golladay laments dropping ball

New York Giants wide receiver Kenny Golladay decried first-year head coach Brian Daboll’s decision to focus on wideouts Richie James and David Sills in the first two weeks of the season.

Golladay, the team’s highest-paid receiver in the second year of a four-year, $72 million contract, was irate after not being targeted by quarterback Daniel Jones in Week 2. “I should be playing regardless. That’s a fact,” Golladay said.

When the opportunity came against the Dallas Cowboys on “Monday Night Football,” Golladay dropped it. Quite literally.

On third down in the fourth quarter, Jones targeted Golladay for the third time in the game on an in-cutting route with room to run. Jones put the ball on Golladay’s hands but the third-and-13 pass was dropped.

“Me just trying to make a play for the team and get up the field. I was running before I really secured the ball,” Golladay said after the game. “That’s pretty much all that that was. That’s stuff that can’t happen, especially when 8 is pretty much doing everything to get us the ball and to get us in position to win the football game. I want to be a guy that can make that play, so I definitely put that on myself. It was third down and that can’t happen.

“It’s very difficult. I’m beating myself up about it. I definitely wish I could have it back.”

Daboll never went back to Golladay, who didn’t play another snap in Monday’s 23-16 home loss to the Cowboys. But with Sterling Shepard (knee) expected to miss the rest of the season, the Giants might need to ignore Golladay’s desire to be traded. He was signed by previous general manager Dave Gettleman to provide big plays down the field.

But the Giants have only one pass play this season over 25 yards; Shepard scored on a 65-yard connection with Jones in Week 1.

James leads the Giants with 14 receptions (17 targets) and Sills has five receptions for 57 yards (eight targets). Golladay hasn’t caught a pass since Week 1 and stands at two receptions (five targets) in three games.

–Field Level Media

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Giants WR Sterling Shepard (knee) carted off field

New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard was carted off the field with an apparent left knee injury with 1:09 left in Monday night’s game against the Dallas Cowboys.

The non-contact injury occurred during New York’s final offensive play of the game. Shepard was running a pattern straight down the field and suddenly pulled up and grabbed at his left knee. He fell to the ground and was treated by the training staff before leaving on the cart.

Giants coach Brian Daboll said postgame that Shepard was undergoing tests and that the team would have a better idea of his prognosis on Tuesday.

“I just feel terrible for the guy,” Daboll said.

Shepard had five receptions for 49 yards in the 23-16 loss to the Cowboys. In three games this season, he has 13 catches for 154 yards and one touchdown.

Shepard saw his 2021 season end when he tore his left Achilles in a game against Dallas on Dec. 19.

The 29-year-old has 362 catches for 4,038 yards and 22 touchdowns in 75 games (72 starts) over seven NFL seasons, all with New York.

–Field Level Media

Sep 26, 2022; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;  New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs for a touchdown  during the second half against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

CeeDee Lamb’s TD helps Cowboys continue dominance of Giants

Cooper Rush passed for 215 yards and one touchdown and Tony Pollard rushed for 105 yards as the Dallas Cowboys notched a 23-16 victory over the New York Giants on Monday night at East Rutherford, N.J.

Rush completed 21 of 31 passes and guided Dallas (2-1) to its second consecutive win while starting in place of Dak Prescott (fractured right thumb) for the second straight game. Rush threw the tiebreaking touchdown in the fourth quarter to CeeDee Lamb, who caught eight passes for 87 yards.

Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 73 yards and a touchdown and DeMarcus Lawrence matched his career high of three sacks as the Cowboys defeated the NFC East rival Giants for the 10th time in the past 11 meetings.

Daniel Jones connected on 20 of 37 passes for 196 yards and one interception and added 79 rushing yards for New York (2-1). Saquon Barkley rushed for 81 yards and one touchdown.

Dallas took a 20-13 lead on Rush’s 1-yard touchdown pass to Lamb with 8:30 remaining. The two teamed up for a 26-yard pass play to the 1 prior to the score. The Cowboys drove 89 yards on 11 plays.

The Dallas defense then forced a Giants punt, and KaVontae Turpin’s 28-yard return placed the ball on the New York 35-yard line. The return set up Brett Maher’s 44-yard field goal that made it 23-13 with 5:58 remaining.

New York moved within seven on Graham Gano’s 51-yard field goal with 3:37 remaining. The Giants had another chance, but Trevon Diggs intercepted Jones and Dallas took over at the New York 29 with 1:11 left and ran out the clock.

The Cowboys outgained New York 391 yards to 336. Dallas sacked Jones five times.

Barkley gave the Giants a 13-6 lead when he scampered 36 yards for a touchdown with 5:31 left in the third quarter. Barkley started up the middle and veered to his left for the score to cap a six-play, 77-yard drive.

Dallas answered with a crisp nine-play, 75-yard excursion to tie the score on Elliott’s 1-yard run late in the third period.

Dallas struck first on Maher’s 26-yard field goal with 2:09 left in the opening quarter.

The Giants tied the score on Gano’s 42-yard field with 11:17 left in the second quarter. Just over two minutes later, Maher kicked a 28-yard field goal to give the Cowboys a 6-3 advantage.

New York knotted the score when Gano booted a 51-yard field goal with 9:02 remaining in the third quarter.

–Field Level Media

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Giants WR Kadarius Toney (hamstring) doubtful vs. Cowboys

New York Giants wide receiver Kadarius Toney did not participate in practice for the second straight day Saturday and is doubtful to play in Monday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Toney, 23, has been nursing a sore hamstring since the preseason. He was limited to seven snaps in New York’s 21-20 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Sept. 11 and 28 snaps — with two catches for zero yards — in a 19-16 win over the Carolina Panthers last Sunday.

Rookie receiver Wan’Dale Robinson (knee) and cornerbacks Justin Layne (concussion), Nick McCloud (hamstring) and Aaron Robinson (appendix) have been ruled out versus the Cowboys.

Starting defensive tackle Leonard Williams (knee) is considered doubtful, while linebackers Azeez Ojulari (calf) and rookie Kayvon Thibodeaux (knee) are questionable to face Dallas.

–Field Level Media

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Former Giants RB wins $28.5M verdict in medical case

A former New York Giants running back who filed suit against his medical team won a $28.5 million verdict, the New York Post reported.

Michael Cox, now 33, was a seventh-round selection by the Giants in 2013. He played in 14 games that season and four the following season before sustaining serious leg injuries in a game in Seattle.

Surgery was performed by Dr. Dean Lorich, a prominent orthopedic trauma surgeon, at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan to repair Cox’s broken leg, damaged cartilage and injured ankle.

Cox sued the doctor and hospital for unspecified damages in May 2016 on the grounds Lorich didn’t properly treat his ankle, bringing his career to an end. New York Presbyterian Hospital also was a defendant.

The jury that heard the case in Manhattan Supreme Court awarded Cox $15.5 million in future pain and suffering, $1 million for past pain and suffering, and $12 million in lost earnings on Friday, the Post reported.

He was playing on a four-year, $2.3 million contract.

In 2017, Steven North, Cox’s attorney at the time, told the New York Daily News that Lorich didn’t properly treat the talus bone in the player’s ankle.

“It was not even addressed during the subsequent office visits by cleaning it out,” North told the Daily News.

“It got worse and worse and worse to a point where ultimately, Michael went to different doctors, had multiple surgeries, and his career was ruined — he cannot play football anymore.”

In December 2017, Lorich was found dead at his home in what was ruled a suicide. At the time, North told the Daily News that the suit could proceed because Lorich was covered by the hospital’s insurance policy.

–Field Level Media

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Giants bucking recent trends, take aim at Cowboys

The New York Giants will aim for their first 3-0 start since 2009 when they face the Dallas Cowboys in an NFC East battle on Monday night at East Rutherford, N.J.

New coach Brian Daboll guided New York to consecutive wins to start a season for the first time since 2016. The Giants didn’t crumble in the close games, winning by a total of four points.

“Yeah, the guys that we have on our team aren’t afraid of failure,” third-year safety Xavier McKinney told reporters. “We’ve been at the bottom. So we experienced all that. We’re not worried about messing up. … We’re going to have a breakthrough at some point.”

It’s too soon to discuss breakthroughs, but the contest with the Cowboys (1-1) will be another litmus test even with Dallas star quarterback Dak Prescott out with his fractured right thumb.

That’s because the Giants have dropped nine of their last 10 meetings with Dallas, including both matchups last season.

New York needs to change that trend and also figure out how to keep Cowboys star linebacker Micah Parsons under control.

Parsons is tied for the NFL lead with four sacks after having two in each of Dallas’ games this season. The second-year pro has recorded 17 in just 18 career games.

“He’s a problem,” Daboll said. “He’s a dynamic football player. And he can play multiple spots. He does. You’ll see him at linebacker; you’ll see him at defensive end. He has rare pass-rush ability. We’re going to have to have a good plan for him.

“He’s fun to watch when you’re not getting ready to play him. I’ll give him that compliment. He just does things that are pretty impressive on the football field.”

Parsons and his teammates combined for six sacks while beating the Cincinnati Bengals 20-17 last week.

The Cowboys kept pressure on Bengals star Joe Burrow all game long during the impressive win.

“One lion can’t do it by himself,” Parsons said. “It’s just like when 10 hyenas go after one lion, the lion is liable to lose. The fact that I’ve got 10 other guys that I feel that I can rely on, that’s what makes this boat go ’round.”

However, Parsons missed Thursday’s practice with an illness. Owner Jerry Jones said Parsons returned negative results for COVID-19 and the flu.

Meanwhile, the Dallas offense ranks 31st in the NFL at 11.5 points per game.

Cooper Rush started in place of Prescott against the Bengals and completed 19 of 31 passes for 235 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. Most importantly, he guided the Cowboys to Brett Maher’s decisive 50-yard field goal as time expired.

“That’s Cooper Rush — we see that every day,” Dallas coach Mike McCarthy said. “He’s the same, he is so steady (in his) personality type. He never blinks.”

Rush is 2-0 in his career as a starter. He passed for 325 yards, two touchdowns and one interception while leading Dallas to a win over the Minnesota Vikings last season when Prescott was sidelined.

Giants quarterback Daniel Jones has passed for 364 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Star running back Saquon Barkley has a league-leading 236 rushing yards.

New York rookie edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux (knee) could make his debut. The fifth overall pick in the 2022 draft was limited in Thursday’s practice.

Giants defensive end Azeez Ojulari (calf) also is hopeful of making his season debut. He was limited Thursday, as was receiver Kadarius Toney (hamstring).

Defensive tackle Leonard Williams (knee) and cornerback Aaron Robinson (appendix) didn’t practice. Also missing practice were defensive backs Justin Layne (concussion) and Nick McCloud (hamstring) and receiver Wan’Dale Robinson (knee).

Dallas tight end Dalton Schultz (knee) was injured against the Bengals and sat out Thursday’s practice. Also sitting out were safety Jayron Kearse (knee) and guard Connor McGovern (ankle).

–Field Level Media

Jun 7, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA;  New York Giants wide receiver Kenny Golladay (19) participates in a drill during minicamp at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Giants WR Kenny Golladay snaps over snap counts

One man’s treasure when he signed a $72 million contract with the New York Giants, wide receiver Kenny Golladay spent the past few days wondering if he might be ticketed for the recycle bin.

Golladay played two offensive snaps in the Giants’ win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday and exited the locker room during the 15-minute “cooling off” period afforded players before media gain access to the area.

“I didn’t agree with it,” Golladay said Wednesday of first-year coach Brian Daboll’s decision to keep him off the field. “I should be playing regardless. That’s a fact.”

Targeted twice in Week 1, Golladay caught two passes for 22 yards at Tennessee but led the wide receiver group with 46 snaps. He wasn’t targeted in Week 2, when Sterling Shepard had six receptions and 10 targets. Richie James leads the Giants in receptions with 10 for 110 yards.

“Little confusing,” Golladay said. “I came here to play.”

Golladay has a $21.2 million cap hit in 2022 but injuries, including a hip problem that derailed his 2020 season and lower-body ailments last year, might be limiting him from returning to the version that caught 11 touchdowns with 1,190 yards for the Detroit Lions in 2019.

Daboll said he continues to stress to Golladay and all of his players that playing time will be based on “continual competition,” adding that David Sills V earned his playing time against the Panthers. He led all receivers in the game with 67 offensive snaps.

Entering the second year of a four-year deal with $40 million guaranteed, Golladay was signed to be the No. 1 receiver by former general manager Dave Gettleman.

New Giants general manager Joe Schoen and Golladay were seen chatting before Wednesday’s practice and the conversation ended with a fist bump.

Asked at his locker after practice if he intends to request a trade, Golladay said, “We’ll see how it goes.”

–Field Level Media