Giants QB Eli Manning could be without two of his offensive teammates when he tries to beat his brother Peyton and the Colts next Sunday. TE Kevin Boss and OLT William Beatty are both expected to miss the game after suffering injuries in Week One.
Boss suffered a concussion in New York's season-opening win against the Panthers and was taken out of the game. The team revealed that Boss also suffered a similar head injury in 2009, though he never missed a game as a result. This year the NFL is mandating that teams and players are more cautious following concussions, so Boss' status for Sunday is still unknown.
Head coach Tom Coughlin was upset that Boss was hit while in the air without being able to protect himself, which is against the rules and should have resulted in a penalty.
"If people are following the rules, the kid doesn't get touched. That was as blatant and obvious as anything you see," Coughlin said. "No call, no nothing. We lose the player after a few plays in the game, and now we wait to hear what his status will be."
Reserve lineman Beatty, who filled in as an emergency TE when Boss went down, fractured a bone in his right foot against the Panthers and will undergo surgery. The team said it is unknown how much time Beatty would miss.
The way we see it
Boss' injury impacts the Giants more, as he is one of Manning's top targets in the passing game. Expect the team to sign a tight end to improve depth. There are two tight ends, Bear Pascoe and Jake Ballard, on the Giants' practice squad.