Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Giants' offensive line in flux
By Dan Graziano ESPN.com
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants center David Baas, who has a neck injury, and right guard Chris Snee, who has a hip injury, are both being held out of practice Wednesday and may not play in Sunday's game in Kansas City. On the flip side, offensive lineman David Diehl, who had thumb surgery five weeks ago, was scheduled to do some limited work in Wednesday's practice so the team could determine whether he might be able to play. Giants coach Tom Coughlin gave the updates in his morning news conference and basically said at this point he has no idea which offensive linemen would be able to go Sunday.
"We have eight or nine of them on the roster, so let's go," Coughlin said. "The guys that are healthy enough to go are going to have to go."
Coughlin said Snee's hip issue is not with the hip he had surgically repaired in the offseason, though that may be alarming if he's now developing a problem with the other one. Baas has had to miss time in the past with neck issues. If neither could go Sunday, the Giants likely would move Kevin Boothe to center and play James Brewer at one of the guard spots. The other guard spot could go to someone like Brandon Mosley or, in the ideal scenario, to Diehl. But the Giants don't know yet whether Diehl will be able to play. The original timetable on his recovery from thumb surgery was six weeks.
Regardless, a lot of new questions marks on an offensive line that gave up seven sacks in Sunday's 38-0 loss in Carolina. Not a good thing for a Giants team still looking for its first win of the season.