Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Giants injury report: O-line shuffle
By Dan Graziano ESPN.com
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- It's not necessarily a bad idea to change things up on the offensive line after you allow seven sacks in a game. But the changes with which the New York Giants are dealing are not by choice.
Starting center David Baas and starting right guard Chris Snee both missed Wednesday's practice with injuries. Bass has a neck injury and Snee has has a hip problem, though not the hip he had surgically repaired in the offseason. It's unclear whether either can practice this week or play Sunday, and as a result, the Giants are exploring a lot of possibilities.
The Giants' offensive line could really use David Diehl, who might return this week following a lengthy rehab from offseason thumb surgery.
The most interesting is David Diehl, who practiced Wednesday for the first time since having thumb surgery five months ago. In the portion of the practice that was open to the media, Diehl worked at right tackle with the second-team line. Giants coach Tom Coughlin said earlier in the day that the plan was to get Diehl on the field and find out what he could handle. The initial timetable the team gave for his recovery was six weeks, so he's a bit ahead of that yet. He was listed as a limited participant.
If Diehl can hold up through the week of practice and play Sunday (assuming Baas and Snee are out), the Giants likely would leave Justin Pugh at right tackle and play Diehl at one of the guard spots. Jim Cordle worked as the first-team center Wednesday with James Brewer at right guard. But the team's preferred backup center is left guard Kevin Boothe. So it's possible you could see a Will Beatty-Brewer-Boothe-Diehl-Pugh alignment Sunday in Kansas City.
"Whoever's out there, we've got to go out there and compete and just be more physical," Pugh said. "It can't be like it was last week. We know we've got to do better. We know we can and we know we will."
Tough talk, but the Giants' line has been dismal for three games, and having to use backups to save the day likely isn't the best solution.
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Cornerback Terrell Thomas was a limited practice participant because of his knee, but Thomas and Coughlin both said there was no new issue with the knee and that the plan all along has been to "manage" Thomas as he continues his comeback from multiple reconstructive knee surgeries. Thomas said part of the reason for holding back a bit this week is the Giants' next three games all happen in a 12-day span, beginning Sunday.
Linebacker Spencer Paysinger (hip) and safety Cooper Taylor (shoulder) also were limited. Coughlin said he expected Paysinger to be fine and that Taylor would be held out of contact drills for a while.
Cornerback Corey Webster, who missed Sunday's game with a hip injury, did not practice. Coughlin said Webster was feeling better but still not cleared to work. It's unclear whether th Giants can expect Webster for Sunday, especially considering he did practice last Wednesday and this issue didn't flare up until Thursday of last week.
Linebacker Jacquian Williams (knee) also missed practice Wednesday but is expected to return to the practice field Thursday. Tight end Adrien Robinson continues to sit out with his foot injury.