The New York Giants’ offensive line will have to start holding team meetings in the training room soon.
Giants guard/tackle David Diehl will undergo surgery to repair his unstable right thumb, which was announced by the team today. He is expected to miss six weeks. Diehl had an MRI performed on his hand Wednesday morning, and that is when Dr. Robert Hotchkiss at the Hospital for Special Surgery determined the best solution was surgery, according to the New York Daily News.
What's worse for the Giants is Diehl had just moved to guard to fill in for another injury on the line.
Diehl’s injury comes one day after starting center David Baas sprained his MCL. Baas is expected to miss 2-4 weeks.
Earlier this year, Diehl was playing right tackle for the Giants. He was moved to left guard on Tuesday after Baas' injury. Rookie Justin Pugh, the Giants' first-round pick, took over Diehl's right tackle spot, while offensive lineman Kevin Boothe moved over to center. It is unclear what lineup adjustment the Giants make with yet another injury, but New York could move James Brewer or Brandon Mosely to left guard until Diehl returns.
The latest injury comes while Giants receiver Victor Cruz is still recovering from a heel injury he sustained during this past Sunday’s preseason game against Indianapolis. Cruz has downplayed the severity of his injury, but Diehl’s injury is another major blow to New York’s offense as the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys on September 8 approaches.
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