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Sunday, October 19, 2003
Updated: October 21, 6:00 PM ET
Guard injured on first-quarter running play

Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants guard Rich Seubert, broke his right leg in the first quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, was placed on the injured reserve list Tuesday.

The Giants signed offensive lineman Omar Smith to the 53-man active roster on Tuesday and lineman Dion Meredith took Smith's place on the practice squad.

Seubert had surgery Monday to repair fractures to his right tibia, fibula and ankle. He was hurt in the first quarter of Sunday's 14-10 loss to Philadelphia. Dr. David Helfet inserted a rod in the tibia, put a plate on the fibula and screws in the ankle during the three- to four-hour operation at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

Seubert is expected to remain hospitalized for two or three days. He will be unable to put any weight on the leg for three months and his rehabilitation is expected to last seven to eight months.

Smith played in seven games for the Giants in 2002, primarily as a blocker on the field goal unit. He was with the team in training camp this year, but was waived Aug. 31. Smith was signed to the practice squad the next day.

Meredith was signed by the Giants as a rookie free agent July 30. He was waived Aug. 25 and signed to the practice squad Sept. 1. Meredith was released from the practice squad last Friday, when the Giants signed center Scott Peters.

Seubert fell awkwardly at the end of a running play. Tight end Marcellus Rivers fell on the third-year lineman after the play, but it appeared the injury happened before that.

The game was stopped for about five minutes while trainers put an inflatable cast on the leg. The Giants described the injury as a fracture of the lower right leg.

Eagles defensive tackle Corey Simon was among a group of players and trainers who helped lift Seubert into a golf cart.

Players from both teams wished him well and then Seubert got the sellout crowd at Giants Stadium going by waving a white towel in a circular motion as he headed to the locker room.

Rookie Jeff Roehl replaced Seubert, who moved into the starting lineup last year. With Roehl in the lineup, the Giants had three rookies on the line, including guard David Diehl and center Wayne Lucier.