Dan Connor Diagnosed with 'Burner' After Leaving Game vs Cowboys
The New York Giants lost one of their defensive leaders on Sunday Night Football when linebacker Dan Connor went down with an injury in the first half that is being described as a "burner" by Dan Graziano of ESPN:
It's a familiar issue for the middle linebacker, as Paul Schwartz of the New York Post reports its the same issue Connor had battled in the preseason:
Dan Connor has a burner, return questionable. Had same problem in last preseason game. #nyg— Paul Schwartz (@NYPost_Schwartz) September 9, 2013
The Giants need Connor in the game as he is the only quality starter the team has in the middle of the defense. Mark Herzlich came in as a replacement but does not offer the expereince Connor does at the NFL level.
Connor is no stranger to injury. In four seasons with the Carolina Panthers, Connor appeared in a full 16-game schedule just once, with his career-high tackle output coming in his last season with the team at 75.
Last year Connor cashed in with the Cowboys via free agency but only appeared in 14 games. Connor has now jumped across the NFC East and is the man in the middle for the Giants. His eventual return or absence will have a lasting impact on the game and remaining season in New York.
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