It's the same story year after year after year: when the New York Giants meet the New York Jets in the annual MetLife Bowl, many injuries are suffered. Friday's 35-24 victory over Gang Green was no different as both offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz and wide receiver Marcus Harris went down with what head coach Tom Coughlin referred to as "serious" injuries.
Schwartz suffered his injury late in the first half and was subsequently carted off the field with what was deemed a "dislocated toe" — which, all things considered, is much more positive news than the potential alternatives.
"Pretty serious," Coughlin said of Schwartz's dislocated toe. "Hard to play with a toe that’s not functioning."
Following the game, Schwartz took to social media in an effort to thank fans for their support, vowing he would return to the team as quickly as possible. He'll have an MRI on Saturday to determine just how long that will actually be.
Thank you for all the well wishes. I appreciate it...I'll be working hard to get back on the field ASAP w/my teammates— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) August 23, 2014
Meanwhile, wide receiver Marcus Harris suffered the more devastating injury, going down with what is reportedly an injury to his AC Joint. It's an injury he expects to keep him out 3-4 weeks and one that will undoubtedly have an impact on his chances to make the 53-man roster.
"It doesn't hurt too bad now, but I've got a nice little knot in the AC [joint]. I'm going to start motion [rehabilitation] and stuff ASAP," Harris said. "I think I've done enough this summer. I hope they feel the same and keep me around."
WWith Odell Beckham Jr. nursing a lingering hamstring injury, Harris' situation puts the Giants in a difficult spot. He had previously appeared to do enough to earn a spot on the 53-man roster, but with Schwartz hurt, Jon Beason (PUP) hurt and the aforementioned Beckham Jr. hurt, the Giants may not be able to afford carrying another injured player on their active roster for the first few weeks of the season.
In addition to Schwartz and Harris, cornerback Zack Bowman suffered a bruised triceps and defensive tackle Markus Kuhn suffered a lower leg injury of some kind. Neither returned to the game and there's no word on how much time either will miss.
Finally, safety Antrel Rolle suffered a hand injury, while defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul suffered a knee injury. Both eventually returned to the field and neither injury is expected to be serious.
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