CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Part of the Giants' euphoria from their big 36-7 win over the Panthers was dampened by the sight of safety Antrel Rolle being helped off the field in the fourth quarter after a collision with a photographer.
Rolle was running full speed toward the end zone to cover Greg Olsen on a pass that was overthrown by Cam Newton. Olsen ran into the photographer and tumbled to the ground, but Rolle tried to hurdle her and his knee appeared to hit the lens of the camera. He was helped to his feet and ushered to the sideline by trainers for a brief examination, then quickly carted to the locker room.
The Giants announced that Rolle suffered a laceration to his knee, but he also was having the joint X-rayed. Tom Coughlin and Rolle both said he is not expected to miss any time.
"I was trying to jump over the camera," Rolle said. "I guess I wasn't as successful as I wanted to be."
The Giants are already thin in their secondary, but most of their injuries have been at cornerback. That included Thursday night when rookie Jayron Hosley left the game with a hamstring injury in the fourth quarter. Corey Webster missed a series in the first half having his hand X-rayed, but returned to the game with a cast protecting a broken bone. Webster said he expects to be able to play with the cast in future games.
In the spirit of the evening, Rolle's replacement, Stevie Brown, had an interception in the end zone shortly after taking the field for his first defensive snaps of the season.
Concerned about how coaches are treating replacement officials, the NFL has reached out to the owners, general managers and coaches of all 32 teams this week to remind them that poor on-field behavior toward the officials will not be tolerated, according to an ESPN report.