Will Beatty to have eye surgery

Updated: November 23, 2011, 10:15 PM ET
By Mike Mazzeo and Ohm Youngmisuk | ESPNNewYork.com

New York Giants left tackle Will Beatty will undergo surgery on Thursday morning to repair a detached retina in his right eye, the team announced.

The surgery will be performed by Dr. Donald J. D'Amico. The Giants said a timeframe for recovery will be determined post surgery. Beatty, though, could be out indefinitely, according to a source.

"The doctor doesn't really know exactly how the surgery is going to go until he gets me in the operating room and actually dilates it and he can truly see what's going on," Beatty told Newsday. "I'll know a lot more tomorrow how serious it is and time off and things like that."

"I'm hoping for the best," he added. "It could be a wide range of being out for a few weeks to being out for the season. I'm going for the lesser. But there's nothing I can really do to rehab or anything so I'm just praying that when he goes (in) it's not that bad."

Beatty doesn't recall any specific incident in which he injured his eye and began experiencing blurriness the last couple of days. The left tackle does not remember being poked in the eye.

David Diehl, who moved from left tackle to left guard this season so the Giants could start Beatty, likely will move to left tackle with Beatty out. If so, Kevin Boothe could start at left guard. The Giants also have Stacy Andrews, a versatile offensive lineman, as well.

Beatty had been dealing with a back issue, but tests on Monday didn't reveal anything serious.

The Giants also announced that they've placed cornerback Michael Coe on injured reserve and signed cornerback Will Blackmon.

Blackmon played five games for the Giants last season after joining the team on Oct. 28. He was mostly used as a kick returner and punt returner before going on IR with a knee injury toward the end of the last season.

Coe, who suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in Sunday night's 17-10 loss to Philadelphia, is the Giants' fifth cornerback to be placed on season-ending IR. Terrell Thomas, Bruce Johnson, Justin Tryon and Brian Witherspoon are the others.

In a minor roster move, the Giants re-signed defensive tackle Dwayne Hendricks to their practice squad and terminated the practice squad contract of defensive end Craig Marshall.

Ohm Youngmisuk covers the Giants for ESPNNewYork.com. Mike Mazzeo is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.

Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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