EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- According to no less reliable source than David Diehl himself, David Diehl will play right guard for the New York Giants on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. Diehl missed the first three games of the season while recovering from thumb surgery and did not play in Week 4 in spite being listed as active against the Chiefs. The Giants hope his return will help an offensive line that has struggled significantly in the run game and the passing game all year, and so does he.
"I'm not a miracle worker," Diehl said. "Everything's not going to be fixed. But I'm going to bring my leadership and my energy and I'm going to do whatever I can to help my teammates."
Jim Cordle, who started at center in place of the injured David Baas on Sunday, said he's been working at center with the first-team line, and he's likely to start there again Sunday. Diehl would take the place of James Brewer, who likely heads back to the bench after filling in at right guard Sunday for the injured Chris Snee. Diehl was the right tackle when training camp opened, but once he got hurt he ceded that spot to rookie first-round pick Justin Pugh. Diehl has played every position on the line at some point in his Giants career and said right guard won't require an adjustment.
"It's like riding a bike," he said. "I'm excited about the opportunity. Justin and I have been working together since the summer, and it's going great."
Baas remains out indefinitely with a neck injury, and Snee has been missing practice with a hip injury.
In other Giants injury news...
Defensive tackle Linval Joseph (ankle/knee) missed a second straight day of practice and looks unlikely to play Sunday. Defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins (knee/Achilles) also did not practice, though defensive tackle Shaun Rogers (back) was upgraded to limited participation after missing practice Wednesday. The injuries at defensive tackle make it likely that second-round rookie Johnathan Hankins will be active for the first time this season.
Cornerback Corey Webster, who has missed the past two games with a groin injury, missed practice Thursday after being a limited participant Wednesday. Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Webster told the team he was "hurting" Thursday and was held out. Cornerbacks Jayron Hosley (hamstring) and Aaron Ross (back) also missed practice, as did tight end Adrien Robinson (foot), who has not practiced yet this season.