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Giants Q&A: Did punch take away from Kadarius Toney's record day?

Giants wide receiver Kadarius Toney throws a punch

Giants wide receiver Kadarius Toney throws a punch at Cowboys safety Damontae Kazee in the second half of an NFL game in Arlington, Texas, on Sunday Credit: AP/Michael Ainsworth

Kadarius Toney had the most productive game by a rookie wide receiver in Giants history, catching 10 passes for 189 yards and eclipsing Odell Beckham Jr.’s record of 185. Was there anything that could have taken away from that?

Turns out, yes. In the fourth quarter, after catching a pass that resulted in a small scuffle, Toney was ejected from the game for throwing a punch at Cowboy safety Damontae Kazee.

After dazzling his teammates and even his opponents with his twitchy moves and big gains, it wound up giving a black eye to his day . . . but not to Kazee, whose helmet protected his face.

"There is a pretty distinct line in terms of competing and doing things that hurt us as a team," Joe Judge said. "That’s not going to be accepted. That’s not going to be condoned."

Judge was very animated talking to Toney as he came off the field after the fight. He said he will let the league handle any decisions that could result in a suspension for Toney.

Toney was not available to the media after the game. Why not?

Probably because he too was injured. He came out of the game at one point to deal with an ankle injury after making a catch on the sideline and was spotted being carted through the tunnels at AT&T Stadium after the game. Judge said he "kept fighting through" a number of injuries, an interesting choice of words.

What did Toney show his teammates?

Quite a lot. They probably excuse the punch more than Judge did and were able to marvel at his athleticism, which was on full display.

"He’s special," quarterback Mike Glennon said. "He’s fun to see . . . You don’t see that at the NFL level very often, making guys miss like that. He has a unique skill set. I’m glad he’s on our team."

With Daniel Jones in the concussion protocol, is Glennon preparing to start next week against the Rams?

Yes. He started five of the last six games for the Jaguars last season (they lost all of them) but has been a backup most of his career. He said he goes into every week preparing to start.

"Obviously, it’ll probably be a little more amplified this week," he said. "I guess the mindset is a little different this Sunday night than it was last Sunday night."

Was starting left tackle Andrew Thomas ruled out for the game?

No. But yes. Thomas, who came into the game as questionable with a foot injury, was in uniform and active but did not play. After a pregame workout, it was determined he was unable to start and he became an emergency player only. Nate Solder started at his spot at left tackle and Matthew Peart started at Solder’s old spot at right tackle. It was the fifth different starting offensive line the Giants have employed in their five games this season.

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