Giants Pay Heavily For Win Over Vikings
AP Photo-Julie Jacobson
Posted Dec 14, 2010

The Giants paid dearly for their 21-3 victory over the Vikings Monday in Detroit when they lost two receivers in Steve Smith and Mario Manningham, and a special teams player in Clint Sintim. At least two of them won't be available for Sunday's game against Philadelphia.

Just when the Giants thought they were getting healthy, along came the Minnesota Vikings.

While the Vikings were no match for them on the scoreboard, judging by the 21-3 final count, they did exact a major toll on the Giants. Wide receiver Steve Smith, making his first appearance since missing four games with a torn pectoral muscle, went out after just one catch with a strained hamstring. WR Mario Manningham also went out in the second quarter, with a hip-flexor. Both underwent MRIs and tests Tuesday, but coach Tom Coughlin had no updates on them.

And Clint Sintim went down with a torn right ACL just before Manningham while covering a second-quarter punt. He will undergo surgery as soon as the swelling subsides, and will miss the remainder of the season.

The other two could be unavailable for Sunday's game against NFC East co-leader Philadelphia at the very least. Smith was reportedly in noticeable pain in the postgame locker room, and said he didn't know if he could recover in time.

"I don’t know what happened, I just got tackled from behind," Smith said. "I’m real sore right now. I don’t know. We’ll see how it is (Tuesday)."

The injuries to Manningham and Smith basically put the Giants back to the spot they were in two weeks ago, when both Hakeem Nicks and Smith were sidelined. Derek Hagan will once again move into a starting spot, this time for Smith, while new pickups Michael Clayton and Devin Thomas could see significant time in the three and four-wide sets. And tight end Kevin Boss could see significant heat as the passing game turns to him, an iffy proposition right now after Boss dropped yet another couple of passes against Minnesota.

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