The New York Giants, through Giants.com, are reporting that second-year safety Cooper Taylor sustained a serious foot injury on Saturday. Taylor's injury occurred in the third quarter of New York's 27-26 comeback victory over the Indianapolis Colts in NFL preseason action.
In addition to the Taylor injury, the G-men lost starting cornerback Prince Amukamara to a groin injury that will likely sideline him for the remainder of the preseason. Also reserves, defensive tackle Markus Kuhn (elbow) and offensive tackle Charles Brown (shoulder), sustained injuries in the game. Brown's injury appears serious, while the prognosis for Kuhn is unknown at this point.
“Cooper is significant and he has an injury that will require quite a bit of time,” coach Tom Coughlin said yesterday. Any bone injury is likely to be a fracture, and another evaluation will be required to see if the injury requires surgery or not. At any rate, it certainly appears that the Giants will be without a backup safety and key special teams performer for the foreseeable future.
Coughlin would not speculate whether or not Taylor will be heading to the injured reserve list. "I am not prepared to answer that one. That has not been discussed yet," Coughlin stated. The injury comes at an unfortunate time for Taylor, who was maturing into his defensive role with the team this preseason. The Giants' 2013 fifth round draft pick from the University of Richmond had an interception in the Hall of Fame game against Buffalo and was a team leader in tackles against the Colts.
The team will look to another fifth round draft pick, Nat Behre, to fill the void that Taylor leaves. Behre, known as a heavy hitter, was drafted this year from San Diego State.
If the Giants place Taylor on injured reserve, they will lose his services for the entire season. Another option is to place the safety on the injured reserve designated for return list, which would make him eligible for return on Oct. 19th against the Dallas Cowboys or later.