EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants center David Baas missed three games with a neck injury, returned to start Monday night's game against the Vikings and ... limped off the field during the first drive of the game and didn't return. Baas injured his left knee and will have an MRI on Tuesday, but he did not sound optimistic about the results.
"We think we have an idea what it is," Baas said. "Hopefully it's not what we think, but we'll see. Obviously it's frustrating, because you feel like you can't catch a break. But it is what it is."
If "what it is" is a torn knee ligament, obviously the Giants could be without Baas for the remainder of this season. Jim Cordle took over at center and would be the most likely replacement.
Defensive end Justin Tuck left the game briefly in the fourth quarter in a lot of pain, but returned shortly thereafter. Tuck said the problem was a dislocated finger, but that he was fine as soon as he popped it back into place. This is, apparently, something that happens to him with some sort of frequency. He went for X-rays after the game, but he should be okay to play Sunday.
Tuck also got a sack in the game. He had a half a sack in the season opener in Dallas but was shut out in that category since. He did his trademark bow after bringing down Josh Freeman on Monday.
"I almost forgot how to do it, honestly," Tuck said.
Running back Brandon Jacobs was inactive for the game after rushing for 106 yards in Week 6 in Chicago and injuring his hamstring last week. Jacobs said he was told Monday morning he wouldn't be playing. He hopes to be able to play Sunday in Philadelphia.
"I'm hoping and praying," he said. "I think they made the right call (Monday). The medical staff said I could have gotten out there and pulled it, and it could have ended up being worse."
Newly signed running back Peyton Hillis rushed for 36 yards on 18 carries and a touchdown and caught five passes for 45 yards. Rookie Michael Cox rushed for 23 yards on 11 carries and caught two short passes.