On top of all the other Giants injuries, news came today that C Shaun O'Hara's preseason is most likely done.
O'Hara had that troublesome left foot placed in a hard cast yesterday, and that will stay on the next three to five days in hopes of settling his case of Achilles tendonitis and ankle swelling. While no surgery is indicated, it appears that O'Hara will have to deal with this the entire season.
Rich Seubert, once thought endangered at left guard due to the Will Beatty-David Diehl battle at left tackle, took all the first-team snaps at center today and will start there Saturday in Baltimore. Tom Coughlin said he'll take 20 to 25 snaps, after which second-string center Adam Koets will come in.
"It’s just something I’ve been dealing with pretty much all through camp,” O’Hara said. "I’ve had some good days and some bad days. It’s been something we’ve been kind of coping with and working through. It’s reach the point where we decided we need to just try to isolate it and give it some complete and total rest."
The question here is whether anyone out there would feel comfortable with Seubert or Koets there over the long run. Moving to Koets has its obvious dangers. But Seubert has taken practice snaps at center throughout his career. He said he was even inserted there for a two-minute drill in Carolina in 2006.
Hate to be a pessimist here, but O'Hara's condition is probably going to haunt him all season. Wouldn't be surprised if he's in and out of the lineup. But Seubert is a gamer, willing to play just about anywhere. Whether he can do a credible job over the long run is the issue.
In another piece of news, DT Jay Alford sat out with swelling in his surgically-repaired left knee, but said he expects to play Saturday. The knee acted up on him after he went full-out on it Monday, and Coughlin was surprised when he was out there practicing Wednesday. But the trainers decided to rest him today.
"It does get sore, but I've got to learn to fight over it," Alford said. "Every day is not going to be the greatest."
Others missing practice included WR Sinorice Moss (groin), Terrell Thomas (calf), DT Chris Canty (groin), CB Aaron Ross (heel), QB Jim Sorgi (shoulder), WR Ramses Barden (back), TE Travis Beckum (hamstring), LB Chase Blackburn (knee), RB DJ Ware (concussion), and DE Jason Pierre-Paul (groin), and S Michael Johnson (back).
S Sha'reff Rashad was back at practice after missing the last three days with a concussion.