Texans S Leomont Evans left the game after a collision with Giants RB Sean Bennett. Evans was conscious when taken from the field, but had no feeling in his arms or legs. He led with his head on an attempted punt block and was taken to Aultman Hospital in Canton.
“He came out fast with his head down,” Bennett said. “It wasn’t an especially hard hit. I didn’t really know what happened. He just went down.”
WR Daryl Jones left the game with a sprained knee.
Jeremy Shockey gained 80 yards in his first half of professional football. Last season, all three Giants tight ends – Howard Cross, Dan Campbell and Marcellus Rivers – totaled a mere 164 yards, the lowest figure in the NFL.
CB Will Peterson picked off pass when Texans WR Jabar Gaffney fell down while running his route. He returned the INT 25 yards.
QB Jesse Palmer’s first opportunity behind center led to a 23-yard field goal by Owen Pochman. Palmer hooked up with WR Amani Toomer for a 38-yard gain. However, the play should have gone for a touchdown. Toomer was wide open behind the Texans defense but had to wait for Palmer’s slightly under-thrown pass.
LB Brandon Short had one of the game’s best defensive plays when he blasted through Houston’s OL and dropped Texans RB James Allen for a loss of eight.
The Giants special teams continued to be a problem spot. The biggest miscue came when Houston WR Avion Black gained 71 yards on a second-quarter punt return. Only P Rodney Williams’ speed prevented a Texans TD.
RB Sean Bennett, looking to make the team, made three big mistakes on the coverage units during the game’s first half.
Reserve LT Ryan Deterding certainly didn’t help his cause by surrendering two second-quarter sacks.
The following Giants missed the contest due to injuries: WR David Thompson, CB Jason Sehorn, FB Adam Wright, C Dusty Zeigler, LB Dhani Jones, LB Clayton White, RG Jason Whittle, DE Sean Guthrie, OT Jeff Hatch and WR Tim Carter.