More bad news for the New York Giants.
For the second time this week the Giants have seen one of their offensive lineman go down with injury, today, losing starting LG David Diehl to what the Giants are calling an “Unstable right thumb.”
The veteran Diehl showed up to Giants practice today with a cast on his hand and attempted to play through the injury, before an MRI revealed that the Giants guard would need to undergo surgery to repair the ligament damage in his thumb. As of now, the Giants are expecting Diehl to be out for six weeks, meaning he could possibly be ready for a Week 4 matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Diehl’s injury takes on even larger significance considering the Giants just lost starting center David Baas to a left MCL injury during Sunday’s preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Now with half of their offensive line on the shelf the Giants will be forced to shuffle around their remaining linemen to make up for their injured veterans. Expect to see James Brewer, who worked with the first team early in camp, to move into the left guard spot in place of Diehl. With Diehl and Baas sidelined, first round pick Justin Pugh is almost certain to find his way into the starting lineup as well.
Giants veteran lineman Kevin Boothe seemed to remain positive in the face of the bad news,
“Dave’s injury is a tough one,” ”If anybody can play through it, Dave can. For it to be that significant, it is something that needed attention now.
“We will regroup. We have had experience with guys going down. We will respond.”
“We’ve had situations back to the Super Bowl year (in 2011), I think I started at three different positions in three weeks,” Boothe said. “I am used to it and I think the team is used to it.
“I know James and Brandon are always itching to get in there. This is their chance now.”
While there is little doubt that James Brewer can hold his own as a starter, the spotlight for the Giants third preseason game against the Jets will now be on Justin Pugh, who needs to prove he can get up to speed in a hurry after missing much of training camp with a concussion.