Saturday, August 23, 2014
Geoff Schwartz to see foot specialist
By Mike Mazzeo
NEW YORK -- Injured left guard Geoff Schwartz will be evaluated by renowned foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, North Carolina, New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin said in a conference call Saturday.
A source confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com that the visit will take place at the beginning of the coming week.
The 28-year-old Schwartz, who signed a four-year, $16.8 million contract with the Giants in the offseason with $6.2 million guaranteed, dislocated his toe and was carted off the field during Friday night’s preseason game against the New York Jets.
The fear is Schwartz will miss a significant period of time.
“Anybody would be a loss. We don’t want to lose anybody. Losing Geoff is, as I said, it’s a major disappointment. But let’s not jump to conclusions,” Coughlin said. “Let’s see what happens when the evaluation is completed as to what the length of time is involved.”
Coughlin mentioned rookie Weston Richburg, veteran John Jerry and reserve Dallas Reynolds as candidates to replace Schwartz at left guard.
“We continue to, we’ve done various experiments with people at different spots,” Coughlin said. “Richburg has been in there, John Jerry’s been in there now, played substantially last night, so we’ve had a chance to move people around. Dallas Reynolds has played guard as well, so we’ll just continue to operate in that fashion and hopefully there will be no setback, and we’ll hopefully just continue.”
New York’s offensive line, a major question mark heading into training camp, has underachieved during the preseason, giving quarterback Eli Manning little time to make his throws. Left tackle Will Beatty and right tackle Brandon Mosley have not performed up to expectations thus far.
Richburg, 23, was the team’s second-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft out of Colorado State. He played center in college, but the versatile offensive lineman has also spent plenty of time at guard as well.
“He did all right last night,” Coughlin said of Richburg. “He’s had to adjust to both sides of the center and also the center position as well. He did OK last night and he’s a talented young man that is in a position where he’s going to have to help us.”