New York Giants defensive tackle Leonard Williams suffered a knee injury in the third quarter in the team’s win over the Carolina Panthers and did not return.
After the game, Williams had a brace on his right knee and told reporters that he doesn’t think his knee injury will be “too bad”. The defensive co-captain had his legs taken away by offensive tackle Taylor Moton, who had been shoved into Williams by Giants linebacker Jihad Ward.
Williams has 18 sacks during his two full seasons with the Giants. The former New York Jets first-round pick has missed just one game in his eight-year career. He played the last six games of 2021 with a tricep injury.
Head coach Brian Daboll had no update on Williams and that they will know more tomorrow.
It’s likely Williams will undergo further tests on his knee to see if he needs to lose time to advance.
Even with Williams out, defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale took the pass rush up a notch.
Still, full-back Oshane Ximines knows how lost Williams is, no matter how good the defense was without him.
“Leo, this is our leader,” Ximines said after the game. “We have seen what he has achieved over the last three years. His game speaks for itself. He’s a big part of that defense. When he went down we just tried to catch more and just fight because that’s all we have to do to win.”
New York had already played the first two games without full-backs Azeez Ojulari and Kaybon Thibodeaux. They were also without Aaron Robinson on Sunday after the starting cornerback had his appendix removed on Wednesday.
When it’s 2-0, there are no alarm bells ringing in the event of a deficiency.
But the Giants still know their offense should be better. New York had a total of 60 offensive yards in 26 offensive games in the first half. They were 1-on-7 in third place, averaging just 3.9 yards per pass attempt over that span.
The offense came alive on their second drive in the third quarter when they scored a touchdown. But that would be her first and only touchdown.
Daniel Jones understands the Giants need to get better in offensive areas.
“We made enough plays to win the game and we can build on that and we’re going to celebrate that tonight,” Jones said. “But going forward we will try to clean it up and see how we can get better. I think it’s always more fun to win, you can build some confidence from that, but there’s certainly a lot we’ll be working on.”