Giants' Sean Locklear injures knee

Updated: December 4, 2012, 1:36 PM ET
By Kieran Darcy | ESPNNewYork.com

LANDOVER, Md. -- New York Giants offensive tackle Sean Locklear suffered a knee injury in the fourth quarter of the Giants' 17-16 loss to the Washington Redskins on Monday night.

The injury appeared to be serious, as Locklear had to be carted off the field. During the game the Giants released a statement classifying Locklear's injury as being a "significant knee sprain."

When asked about Locklear after the game, all Giants coach Tom Coughlin said is, "It's a knee. It's a knee."

"I just wish him the best," said fellow offensive lineman Chris Snee. "Whatever recovery is ahead of him, I am not quite sure the extent of it, just know it is not good."

The loss of Locklear is a significant one. He had started 10 of the Giants' 12 games this season, with stints at both left tackle and right tackle. (He started at right tackle Monday night.)

The nine-year veteran was signed by the Giants this past April, after spending his first seven NFL seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, followed by a season with the Redskins. His versatility, being able to play on both sides of the line, was a major plus.

David Diehl replaced Locklear on Monday night. Diehl, in his 10th year with the Giants, was a full-time starter for his first nine seasons. But he has missed three games this year with a knee injury, and has struggled at times when he's been on the field.

Reserve safety Tyler Sash also suffered a hamstring injury in the first half and did not return to the game.

Kieran Darcy is an ESPNNewYork.com staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball.
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