Giants OL David Diehl to miss 6 weeks following thumb surgery
The New York did not initially expect Diehl’s injury to be too serious since coach Tom Coughlin called it a nothing more than a “nuisance” on Tuesday, and despite wearing a protective cast on his right hand Diehl continued to practice with the injury.
"I got hurt during the game but I will be all right,'' Diehl said Tuesday. “I've played through everything once before already.''
However, after results of the most recent MRI scan came back on Wednesday morning, it was determined the Diehl injury required surgery to repair his “unstable right thumb” ahead of the regular season. The injury will keep him sidelined for approximately six weeks.
"The doctor felt like he really needed to have his thumb corrected so he can go forward," Coughlin said after Wednesday’s practice. "He has been in a lot of pain, he's a tough guy and you would never even know it. He will get this fixed and he will be back."
Diehl, who began the offseason at right tackle was moved to left guard, with guard Kevin Boothe being shifted to center as a replacement for Baas. The ninth-year center Baas sprained his MCL in Sunday’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts, and is expected to miss two to four weeks while recovering from the injury. First-round pick Justin Pugh was also was also inserted into the Giants’ starting lineup at right tackle. Prior to Baas’ injury, Pugh had been taking reps as the Giants' second-team left tackle.
With Diehl not expected to return until early October, the Giants once more reorganized their offensive line – moving Boothe back to his original position at left guard and inserting backup Jim Cordle at the starting center spot. It was Cordell who also replaced Baas after he down with the MCL injury in Sunday’s game.
"Cordle played very well the other night, and we thought that was the best move for now," Coughlin said. "For now the option we took is this one."
Pugh continued to work in Wednesday’s practice as the team’s starting right tackle.
"I was pretty excited when I heard the news,'' Pugh said of his promotion. “You just have to go out there and execute. I got some texts from friends and family congratulating me. As soon as I got out of meetings, everyone else had already known I was in, they probably knew before I even knew.”
“It's something that you just kind of take it and you run with it. It's a great opportunity for me to get some experience.''
Now, the Giants could either continue with the current lineup, or another option either James Brewer or second-year pro Brandon Mosley over at left guard with Boothe to remain at center, until Baas’ return.