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Giants Q&A: What's up with Jon Beason's toe?

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Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals is tackled by Jon Beason #52 and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie #21 of the Giants after making a catch during a game at MetLife Stadium on Sept. 14, 2014 in East Rutherford, N.J. Credit: Mike Stobe

What happened to Jon Beason?

The Giants' starting middle linebacker limped off the field very late in the third quarter of his team's 25-14 loss to the Cardinals and did not return to the game with a toe injury. This after missing the entire preseason with a sesamoid fracture in a toe on his right foot, an injury he suffered in the spring, and missing practice time last week while recovering from soreness in his right foot. Tom Coughlin, who presumed Sunday's injury was to the same toe, said Beason will have X-rays and an MRI to determine the extent of the injury.

 

Are the Giants deep at linebacker?

No. Rookie Devon Kennard already is sidelined for a little while with a hamstring injury. Jameel McClain moves into the middle to replace Beason, but that leaves only Mark Herzlich and Spencer Paysinger to play in the base looks. Herzlich, playing with a sore shoulder, was on the field in the fourth quarter Sunday.

 

Any other Giants injuries to be concerned about?

Cornerback Walter Thurmond III left the game with a pectoral injury and will have it examined Monday. He was replaced by Trumaine McBride.

 

Doesn't Carson Palmer play quarterback for the Cardinals?

Not this time. The starting quarterback was ruled out with an injured throwing shoulder hours before the game, which meant Drew Stanton saw his first NFL action since 2010. Stanton completed 14 of 29 passes for 167 yards. How did he find out he was starting? Said Stanton, "[Palmer] came out and said, 'Hey bro, you're up.' ''

 

Drew Stanton, Drew Stanton -- why do I know that name?

He was a Jet for about a week. They signed him to be their backup quarterback in March 2012 and shortly afterward traded for Tim Tebow. Stanton saw the insanity written on the wall and asked for his release or a trade, and it was granted. He went to the Colts and then the Cardinals.

 

Why was Justin Pugh flagged for a personal foul?

Apparently because defensive tackle Tommy Kelly punched him in the face. Pugh, who was involved in a few shoving matches during the game, was hit with a 15-yard penalty on the first drive of the third quarter, but replays showed that he took a hit and didn't deliver one. Pugh even said the Cardinals were chastising Kelly for the late hit before they realized their guy was not the one who was flagged.

 

That problem with the Giants' tight ends seems to have resolved itself, huh?

Yes. After all of the worrying in the preseason, Larry Donnell seems to be emerging as a legitimate option for the passing game. He caught seven passes for 81 yards against the Cardinals, and through two games, he leads the team with 12 catches for 137 yards. Oh, and another tight end, Daniel Fells, caught a 1-yard touchdown pass that gave the Giants a 14-10 lead Sunday, his first NFL catch since 2012.

 

Who led the Giants out of the tunnel before the game?

Former first-round pick David Wilson, whose career ended this summer because of a neck condition that prevents him from playing football. Wearing his No. 22 jersey, Wilson ran the length of the field and took a knee in the far end zone. Then he performed four backflips in a row.

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