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Giants Q&A: Was DRC hurting?

Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie walks out of the

Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie walks out of the tunnel before playing the Washington Redskins at FedExField on Sept. 25, 2014 in Landover, Md. Photo Credit: Getty Images

So, another game in which Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was unable to play a lot because of his injury?

Not quite. The starting cornerback, who has an iliotibial band injury that he said affects his entire right side, said he was healthy enough to participate in the game even though he played less than sparingly. "Any time you dress, you want to be out there on the field," he said. "If I dress, I'm playing. I just fit in where I'm needed."

Rodgers-Cromartie said Zack Bowman took most of the reps in practice (he did not participate Wednesday or Thursday and was limited Friday) so he played the majority of the game. "It's pretty much the same," Tom Coughlin said of Rodgers-Cromartie's injury situation.

Could he still have made an impact?

He had a chance late. Despite hardly participating in the game, he was lined up on the outside as a rusher to try to block the Cowboys' field- goal attempt in the final minute. He almost got it, too. "I definitely got a fast get-off," he said. "You get an opportunity, you have to make plays."

 

DRC has missed time in each of the last four games. Will the bye week help get him on the field?

He has said that rest is the best way to fix things. "Get a whole week of rest, that definitely gives you time to get your body right," he said.

 

What about the other defensive starters who were on the sideline with injuries?

Linebacker Jon Beason left the game in the first quarter after aggravating the toe injury that has hampered him all season. X-rays were negative but he did not return. Defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins left in the first half with a calf strain. "It's tough," he said of watching. "You feel like you're letting the team down. You feel like you're not doing your part. It's tough."

 

Without Beason, who was the middle linebacker?

Jameel McClain, although he denied it. At one point in the first half, broadcast microphones picked up Tony Romo at the line of scrimmage yelling "53 is the mike!" to identify McClain as the middle linebacker. McClain yelled back at Romo: "No, I'm not the mike!"

 

How did the offensive line do after last week's disaster?

Well, it didn't allow a sack after giving up eight of them against the Eagles. But the line had several penalties that hampered drives and its run-blocking was mostly poor. Andre Williams averaged 2.8 yards and routinely was met behind the line of scrimmage. "We've got to block people," Coughlin said. "We're having bad breakdowns that are costing us negative yardage . . . I really look forward to seeing this film because it looked like we had some issues in there with missed blocks. Man, oh man."

 

Who was behind Gavin Escobar's two TD receptions?

Longtime Giants tight ends coach Mike Pope, who was let go last year and landed with Dallas. The Cowboys knew this game meant so much to him, especially after his protege Escobar scored two touchdowns, that they gave Pope a game ball. "You know he was loving this," Escobar told reporters.

 

Did Tony Romo miss anything?

He completed 17 of 23 passes, including all nine in the second half. The only two times he whiffed were when he was intercepted by Prince Amukamara after Dez Bryant fell and when he had to sidestep a sideline guest while coming through the tunnel for warm-ups. That guest: Alex Rodriguez, who jumped out of the way.

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