Giants lose Leonard Williams to Knee injury in battle with Panthers

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The injury bug doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon and on Sunday the Giants lost another piece of their defense. Leonard Williams suffered a knee injury during the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers and did not return. 

The injury occurred as Williams tried to get around his guard and get at Panthers’ quarterback Baker Mayfield. Williams was pushed into another Carolina player who fell on the Giants defensive lineman’s leg. 

Williams was down on the field for a short period of time before eventually leaving the field under his own power and headed to the New York locker room. He was limping as he made his way off the field. 

Giants head coach Brian Daboll did not have an update on Williams when he spoke with reporters after the game. He expected to have more information on Monday. 

The Giants have already been short a number of defensive players, with edge rushers Azeez Ojulari and Kayvon Thibodeaux and corner Aaron Robinson having to miss Sunday’s game due to injury. 

Daboll was happy with the way the defense responded even without Williams on the field. The Giants coach acknowledged the jobe the coaching staff has done on the defensive end that contributed to the success on Sunday.

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“I think the players have a lot of confidence,” Daboll said. “They’re playing fast. Give a lot of credit to the coaches on the defensive side. The players that are out there executing their assignments. (Defensive coordinator Wink Martindale) has been doing this a long time. Wink’s not afraid of failure and that’s really what we want for the entire organization not to be afraid of failure. … If you prepare the right way, you can live with the results.”

The Giants won’t play again until next Monday when they host the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium.