Sean Locklear out for season with “serious” knee injury

12/4/12 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

New York Giants right tackle Sean Locklear will miss the rest of the season with a "serious" knee injury sustained in Monday night’s 17-16 loss to the Washington Redskins, according to coach Tom Coughlin on Tuesday.
Although Tom Coughlin declined to get into the specifics of Sean Locklear’s knee injury, he said that the player will require surgery, after which he will “likely” end up on the injured reserve for the season.
"I'm sure that will take place at some point in time here this week,” Tom Coughlin said about Sean Locklear’s pending knee surgery. “Probably sooner than later.”
Tom Coughlin was clearly upset discussing Sean Locklear’s injury and the prospect of losing him for the season, after the started 9 of 12 games, playing at both left and right tackle this season.
“It is a serious injury, and we're very upset about that,” stated Tom Coughlin. “I'm trying to be aware of that. We'll release all that information at the appropriate time."
Sean Locklear had a huge impact on adding consistency to a shaky New York Giants offensive line. And in the essence of team spirit, Sean Locklear quietly returned to the bench with David Diehl returning to health (after missing time with knee injuries and other nagging health issues), and ready to reclaim his role on the starting lineup.
“We feel badly for Sean. Here's a guy that's come in here, not knowing our system, has played well for us. He's been there when we've needed him,” said Tom Coughlin. “He's done a heck of a job and we all feel bad about this taking place.”
The 31-year-old Sean Locklear suffered the injury on a run play during the fourth quarter of Monday’s game against the Washington Redskins. Sean Locklear’s right leg gruesomely bent into an awkward position after getting crushed between New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw and safety Madieu Williams. 
Earlier, USA Today reported that initial tests of Sean Locklear’s knee indicated that it may be a case of torn ACL, with a chance of even more damage.
 “Thanks everybody for all the love and support,” Sean Locklear tweeted on Tuesday. “It's difficult right now, but (there) are better days ahead.”
Hence, David Diehl will be taking his position back at right tackle with Sean Locklear out for the season.
However, New York Giants fans had lately greatly criticized David Diehl for a lack of consistency in his performance. After Sean Locklear was inserted into the offensive line the New York Giants seemed to be doing better at opening more holes and protecting quarterback Eli Manning.
David Diehl has been hardly playing at his former high-caliber this season, but he now has a chance to get into the New York Giants’ good graces. If the New York Giants intend to go back to the Super Bowl this season, they will require of David Diehl to step-it up and prove he’s a better blocker than his performance last season.
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