He continued to play after suffering the injury and aggravated it tackling Reggie Bush on a fourth-quarter punt return.
“I’m praying I’m okay, man,” Tryon said after the game. “It would be a major tease to me and a letdown. I’m not going to be able to take that.”
Tyron was a fourth-round draft pick by the Washington Redskins in 2008. He played for the Indianapolis Colts last year and signed with the Giants earlier this month after the Colts released him.
“The gunners, as you know, in that situation have not always come through for us, and this kid did,” Coach Tom Coughlin said of the Bush play.
“The other thing I appreciated and I take my hat off to him is I was standing close by as the doctors were showing him and talking to him about his injury, he didn’t want to hear about it. He said, ‘When can I play? Can I play again? Just put a cast on it and I’ll play.’ That was something to hear a young man talk like that, how badly he wanted to play.”
Tryon admitted the pain was significant. “I played through it, but when I made the last tackle on Reggie, I felt something else happen to it and I’m like, ‘Man, what is this?’ ” Tryon said. “I was praying to hold onto his leg because my arm was killing me.”
Coughlin’s secondary has struggled with injuries. “On the final punt, I was nervous about it because of the guy they had back there catching it [Bush] and because they pressured it so we’d have to kick it inbounds,” he said. “When [Bush] caught the ball, Justin arrived on the spot, wrapped him up and held on for dear life until he got some help. It ended up being a minus-four return and a 59-yard net.”