In what has been an unlucky 18 hours, Adam Schefter of NFL Network is reporting that New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs has been diagnosed with a sprained medial collateral ligament. The injury took place Sunday night on the nationally televised game between the Giants and the Dallas Cowboys.
The injury happened in the first half of the game; Jacobs left the game with six carries for 26 yards. The Giants subsequentially lost the game 45-35. Jacobs is expected to miss between 3-to-5 weeks, as a result. It is unclear at this time what the Giants’ next course of action will be; 3 options automatically come to mind: Start Derrick Ward during Jacobs’ time recovering; start RB-turned-FB Reuben Droughns for that time period; or the least likely of options – locate a free agent RB off the waiver wires.
Results of the injuries suffered by Giants quarterback Eli Manning are not definitive, although it has been rumored that Manning suffers from a bruised shoulder. The severity of that injury may very well dictate what the Giants do this week in addressing the RB situation. Expect a transaction or a promotion from within some time this week. The Giants cannot afford to lose Manning for any extended period of time as the reserve QB is Jared Lorenzen.