A day after he was ejected for throwing a punch at a Dallas defender, Giants receiver Kadarius Toney apologized to his team and its fans.
"It’s a moral thing," he said on Monday. "I know right from wrong. I know this sport is not boxing or hockey or anything where you can just fight and stuff like that. At the end of the day I have to take responsibility for what I did."
That will almost certainly include a hefty fine from the NFL and some form of discipline from the Giants — Joe Judge said he would keep all discipline "in house" — but it’s unlikely Toney will be suspended for the upcoming game against the Rams.
Following his 10th reception in Sunday’s game and a physical tackle of Toney, some shoving between the teams took place. Tight end Evan Engram got involved in the situation. Then Toney threw a punch at safety Damontae Kazee. Both players were flagged for personal fouls but only Toney was ejected.
When it was suggested Toney did nothing wrong but defend himself, he said: "I could have responded differently. That’s how we look at it."
Judge said he spoke with Toney and the entire team about the incident.
"That’s something we are not going to condone," Judge said. "I like the way this guy has responded to a lot of things and I’m confident he’s going to respond the right way to this."
The ejection somewhat tarnished an impressive game by Toney, who broke the team’s rookie record for receiving yards in a game with 189. It also ended a game in which he suffered an ankle injury that required examination from doctors on Monday. Judge said it did not appear to be significant enough to sideline him for an extended period of time, but it may be an issue in the short term.
"We’ll see how it affects him immediately in the future this week," Judge said.
The Giants should be getting reinforcements back at wide receiver. Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton, both sidelined two games with hamstring injuries, seem close to returning. And tests on Kenny Golladay’s knee that was hyperextended and kept him out of most of Sunday’s game against Dallas were promising enough for Judge to say the team "dodged a bullet."
Toney, for his part, was confident his ankle would not keep him off the field.
"Me, I’m a dog," Toney said. "That’s the mentality I have. If I feel like I can push through it, that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to do what’s best for the team because I like winning."
Said Judge: "Tough kid."
Channeling that quality will be to everyone’s benefit.
Notes & quotes: CB Rodarius Williams suffered a torn right ACL in Sunday’s game and will be out for the rest of the season … Judge indicated he expects LT Andrew Thomas back in the lineup this week. Thomas missed Sunday’s game with a foot injury. Although he was active for the game, he did not play a single snap and was there only for emergency use … Matt Peart, who had fallen out of the rotation at tackle, may have played his way back into a role after starting on the right side Sunday with Thomas unavailable. Judge said he expects Thomas, Peart and Nate Solder to see playing time at the ends of the offensive line.