IRVING, Texas (AP) -The New York Giants lost their top defensive player, end Osi Umenyiora, and their new starting running back, Brandon Jacobs, to knee injuries early in the opener against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night.
Umenyiora landed awkwardly while making a tackle on the Giants' first defensive stand. Team officials said X-rays showed no break, but they were planning on getting further tests done upon returning to New York.
Jacobs had six carries for 26 yards in his first start, replacing the retired Tiki Barber. Then he sprained a knee in the second quarter and was ruled out, too.
Dallas also lost nose tackle Jason Ferguson to an elbow injury in the first quarter. He was declared out for the night, although he returned to the bench still in pads with the elbow heavily bandaged.
Umenyiora, who led the NFC with 14 1/2 sacks two years ago, was hurt while dragging down Dallas running back Julius Jones. He spent a few plays trying to get comfortable on the sideline, then went to the locker room, accompanied by several team staffers. He walked under his own power.
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