Dixon fumbles away winning drive
Dixon fumbles away winning drive

Posted Oct 14, 2002

The Giants lost a lot more than the game on Sunday vs the Altanta Falcons at home. They lost a leader, and are now painfully thin on the defensive line...

The loss was bigger than the scoreboard indicated.

Defensive Tackle Keith Hamilton, the anchor of the Giants' defensive line, tore his right Achilles tendon in the first quarter of Sunday's loss the Atlanta Falcons.

The injury came with 1:17 left in the first on a third-down screen pass to Warrick Dunn.

The Giants will lose Hamilton for the remainder of the season, and that hurts.

Left DE Michael Strahan left prior to the half with back spasms, but returned.

Already out of the Sunday contest was starting right DE Kenny Holmes (elbow injury) and backup DT Matt Mitrione (shoulder).

The only remaining healthy starter left on the field was DT Cornelius Griffin.

Backup DT Lance Legree, a second-year player out of Notre Dame, will start in Hamilton's place. Legree started two last season when Hamilton was resting a nagging shoulder injury.

Overall, the Giants defensive line is painfully thin, and it's likely the team will look for roster additions to fill the gap.

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