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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Giants' offensive line increasingly battered

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- It has been a tough year for the New York Giants' offensive line, which has lost starting center David Baas, starting right guard Chris Snee and backup center Jim Cordle to season-ending injuries. Now, with a game looming Sunday against the formidable defensive front of the Detroit Lions, the Giants are dealing with more injuries along the line. Starting right guard David Diehl missed practice Wednesday with a knee injury, and left guard James Brewer missed practice with an ankle injury.

If neither can suit up Sunday, the most likely offensive line combination, left to right, would be Will Beatty/Dallas Reynolds/Kevin Boothe/Brandon Mosley/Justin Pugh.

Diehl said he hurt his knee during Sunday's loss to Seattle but kept playing in spite of feeling it swell up. He sounded optimistic about recovering in time for Sunday's game in Detroit.

"Hopefully I can keep making progress and I'll be rolling out there Sunday like normal," Diehl said.

When training camp started, Diehl was projected as the starting right tackle. But he broke his thumb in the preseason and rookie Pugh took over that spot. Diehl took the right guard spot when Snee got hurt.  Boothe, originally the starting left guard, moved to center after the injuries to Baas and Cordle, and that elevated Brewer to a starting role.

It's been a season-long game of musical chairs, and quarterback Eli Manning has already taken a career-high 36 sacks. But the Giants continue to express confidence that they'll find reinforcements if they need to.

"It's the NFL," Boothe said. "So if you couldn't play, you wouldn't be in this room. We'll have five guys out there Sunday and we'll make it work."