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David Diehl is currently rehabbing from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, a source confirmed.
Diehl told Newsday that he underwent the procedure at the end of last season and has been rehabbing daily at the Giants' practice facility. Diehl said he hasn't been approached by the team about his contract or his future with the franchise.
"The thing you realize at an early age is that as an NFL player you have an expiration date on you and it comes with a price tag," Diehl told Newsday. "That's the way that it always goes.
"Nothing has been said to me yet, but that's all things you can't control. The only things you can control are the way you prepare each and every day, getting myself healthy, and whenever that comes about we'll deal with it. But as of now, nothing has been said."
Diehl and Corey Webster are two Giants who have been the subject of much speculation regarding their future. The Giants released Ahmad Bradshaw, Chris Canty and Michael Boley in an effort to clear cap space. The Giants likely may have to make some more tough cuts to keep free agents like Will Beatty, Kevin Boothe and Martellus Bennett while signing restricted free agents like Victor Cruz, Stevie Brown and Andre Brown.
Webster will make $7 million in base salary in 2013. Diehl is due $4.475 million in base salary this coming season, his last under contract. Diehl started nine games in 2012, but it remains to be seen who will start at right tackle in '13. The Giants may want to see if James Brewer is ready to start.
But it might be best for the Giants to hang on to Diehl, with so much uncertainty facing the left side of the line. Beatty and Boothe are entering free agency and Chris Snee and David Baas are coming off offseason surgeries. Diehl, 32, can play both guard and tackle.
At the moment, the Giants don't have a lot of proven depth on the offensive line.
"Getting my knee right was the number one thing I wanted to do in the offseason, getting it fixed and healed up," Diehl said. "Now, like I said, it's getting myself back to 100 percent. I know that I'm capable of a lot, I know that I'm still able to play this game to a high level now that I'm going to be healthy and doing everything I can to do that. I'm excited about this upcoming year, to play and get back out there."
"Let the chips go where they may," Diehl added about his future. "Who knows how it's all going to work out? Obviously William is still a free agent, and so is Kevin Boothe. We'd love to have both of those guys back in the offensive line room, but this is the NFL. We know that each and every year there is change, there are different things that happen. That's yet to be seen."
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