Diehl targets Week 5 return

September, 28, 2012
9/28/12
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- David Diehl is going to have a tough night on Sunday.

The veteran tackle is going to miss the Giants-Eagles game. It'll be the first rivalry game that he's missed in his 10 years in the league.

Diehl will miss his second straight game due to a knee injury.

"It's tough not making this trip," he said.

Diehl, the team's starting right tackle, injured the MCL in his right knee against the Bucs. His status beyond this week is also unknown -- but he hopes to return next Sunday against Cleveland.

The Giants shifted starting left tackle Sean Locklear to right tackle and inserted Will Beatty at left tackle after Diehl went down against Tampa. The team will likely use the same configuration on Sunday night.

Diehl said his knee injury is improving daily. It just didn't heal quickly enough for Sunday night.

"I fell short of my goal (of playing against Philadelphia) but each and every day I'm working ... doing everything I can to help these guys," Diehl said. "Now, my goal is to be back for the Browns next week."

TC CONCERNED ABOUT AHMAD'S NECK: Ahmad Bradshaw is likely to play through a neck ailment on Sunday night. Tom Coughlin sounded a bit concerned about the idea that it could be aggravated against the Eagles.

"Well, I suppose it could flare up. In his case, he’s been treated for a couple weeks so hopefully that’s not going to happen. It can flare up," the coach said on Friday. "Hopefully once you get it under control, and you know a little bit about it, they don’t put themselves in that type of position. Sometimes you can’t help it, but it can be reoccurring."

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