"The thing is, we knew he had four concussions," Jacquian Williams said. "So that was our biggest thing, was to take him out of the game."
Thomas was more explicit.
"He's had a lot of concussions. We were just like, 'We got to put a hit on that guy,' " Thomas said. "(Tyler) Sash did a great job hitting him early, and he looked kind of dazed when he got up. I feel like that made a difference, and he coughed it up."
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On Tuesday, Giants linebacker Michael Boley was asked about Williams. Boley said NFL players are a "fraternity of brothers" before offering a viewpoint that contradicted his teammates.
"When you're playing, you don't think about someone's past injuries or what they had wrong with them," Boley said. "Obviously, if something was wrong with them, they wouldn't be on the field if it was that bad."
Either way, the Giants didn't break the rules, but they did pull back the curtain on how some -- and perhaps many -- players view head injuries. It's a weakness to be exposed and taken advantage of, no different than a sprained ankle or broken ribs.