Olivier Vernon said he had been so focused on the Jets for the past 24 hours that he was completely unaware how the landscape in his new division had been altered.
“Really?” he asked when told about Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo suffering a broken bone in his back that will reportedly cost him 6-10 weeks. “I didn’t even know that.”
He does now. And so do the rest of his Giants teammates who, in the regular-season opener Sept. 11, will likely be facing rookie quarterback Dak Prescott.
“He’s pretty good, he’s been doing his thing in the preseason games,” Vernon said after the Giants beat the Jets, 21-20, on Saturday night. “Dallas is still overall a good team and it’s a division game. It’s going to be something to look forward to.”
Eli Manning said he found out about Romo’s latest injury earlier Saturday.
“I feel bad for Tony,” he said. “He had a tough season last year with the injuries and then to get injured in a preseason game and possibly miss some time, I feel for him. You don’t like to see any player get hurt, any other quarterback, a guy I have great respect for and have competed against a bunch. You don’t ever want to see anyone get injured, especially before the season starts.”
Manning said he’s familiar with Prescott.
“He’s come to our camp [the Manning Passing Academy] before and I watched him play at Mississippi State,” Manning said. “Good kid, good player. He’s played well in the preseason, I know that. We’ll have to deal with that when that comes up.”
Prescott leads all preseason quarterbacks with a 137.8 passer rating and 454 passing yards.
Vernon said he wasn’t going to think too much about the situation until the appropriate time.
“Come Week 1, we’ll be focusing on Dallas,” he said. “But not Tony Romo.”