Losing has been the only part of the Giants’ season that has been consistent so far. That, and the constant stream of turnovers that have plagued the offense. One of the many things that have not been consistent is the players taking snaps on the offensive line.
Starting center David Baas missed the first regular season game with a knee injury that he suffered in the preseason. After playing in Weeks 2 and 3, Baas’s status is again in doubt because of a neck injury he suffered in Sunday’s loss to the Panthers.
Added to the injury report is starting right guard Chris Snee, who aggravated his hip on Sunday and is uncertain to play in Week 4 against the Chiefs. The good news is that tackle/guard David Diehl is almost recovered from preseason thumb surgery and has been practicing on a limited basis this week. He’s a possibility to play at Arrowhead Stadium.
Where does all of this injury news leave the offense line for Week 4?
“I don’t know. Whatever happens happens,” said guard/center Kevin Boothe. “I know that Dave (Baas) and Chris (Snee) are going to work hard to try to be out there. I wouldn’t count them out unless we’re told otherwise. It wouldn’t surprise me to see them out there.”
Boothe has played mostly left guard in the past for the Giants, but he stepped into the center role when Baas was out of the lineup. 2011 fourth round pick James Brewers played left guard while Boothe was subbing for Baas.
If Diehl is ruled healthy enough to play in Week 4, he could step in at right guard if Snee is out or at right tackle if the Giants feel like he’s a better option than rookie Justin Pugh. Boothe would probably play either center of left guard depending on the condition of Baas’s neck. Either way, the the Giants have had to use more players than they anticipated on the offensive line this season.