Olivier Vernon has a sprained ankle. That’s the only diagnosis seemingly all I’ve talked to can agree on.
Is it a low sprain with a deep bruise or a high sprain? Exactly.
My understanding is Giants will continue to evaluate and timetable remains uncertain.
— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) August 27, 2018
I don’t want to go overboard here and proclaim that the NFL should cancel the season because Olivier Vernon is hurt. That would be an overreaction. I don’t want to ruin the NFL season for everyone. I just, ya know, want things to be fair. The Giants should start week 1 with a healthy Vernon or else what’s even the point.
Olivier Vernon is the most important player on the New York Giants. That’s right. I said that shit with my chest. On a team with Saquon Barkley, Odell Beckham, Eli Manning and Landon Collins, Vernon is the key to wins and losses this year.
With the way the rules have shifted to give offenses huge advantages in the passing game, it’s all about putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks. That’s how the Giants won two Super Bowls in the Tom Coughlin era and that’s why guys like Von Miller and Khalil Mack are so valuable.
With the Giants switching to a 3-4 defense, they need Olivier rushing off the edge attacking quarterbacks from the outside. With Snacks Harrison collapsing the offensive lines up the middle, Olivier Vernon can crash the tackles.
Without Vernon, where does the rush come from? The Giants spent all of their money of guys like Vernon and Janoris Jenkins and Damon Harrison that they couldn’t afford any actual depth defensively. If Vernon is in crutches, there goes the pass rush entirely.
So yea, let’s just go ahead and push the season back like, a week or two. Alright cool, thanks Roger Goodell.
What happens if Olivier Vernon has a broken ankle?
The Giants go 0-16 and I never watch another football game again.
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