The short-handed Giants on Sunday lost quarterback Daniel Jones, who was kicked off the field after a helmet-to-helmet hit against the Dallas Cowboys.
On the third and on goal, with less than four minutes left in the first half, Jones ran to his left towards the goal line. At the 1-yard line, he lowered his shoulder and head and hit the helmet of Dallas linebacker Jabril Cox, who slammed Jones to the ground.
Jones stood up, put his hands on his knees, and then walked to the side. After a few steps, he stumbled and nearly slipped before the referee and team coaches rushed to his aid. He was taken by car to the locker room and did not return to the game.
No penalty was imposed despite helmet-to-helmet contact. In 2018, the NFL began punishing players for lowering their heads and initiating contact with an opponent. A player is not penalized if he lowers his head while forcing contact.
Running back Devonte Booker scored in the next game to level the score at 10. The Cowboys went 17-10, leading the halftime.
The Giants, at the time, were trailing without their star, Saxon Barkley, who injured his left ankle in the first quarter. Barkley’s leg was twisted sideways when he stepped on the foot of Dallas cornerback Jordan Lewis. He walked off the field and was taken by car to the locker room and out for the game. Barkley sat out for almost the entire 2020 season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament.
The Giants also lost receiver Kenny Gollade, who left the game with a knee injury.
Receivers Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton did not play against Dallas due to hamstring injuries. Safety Jabril Peppers and offensive linemen Ben Bradson and Andrew Thomas were also unavailable.