The big storyline surrounding this week's NFC East matchup between the division-leading New York Giants (6-2) and the cellar-dwelling Dallas Cowboys (1-7) is, of course, Jason Garrett replacing Wade Phillips as head coach of the reeling Cowboys.
While the Giants might wonder what type of impact that will have on the Cowboys, beaten by a combined score of 80-24 the past two weeks, the Giants have an issue of their own to address this week.
That would be their beaten-up offensive line. Right now, what that line will look like on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys is a mystery.
For certain, usual starting left tackle David Diehl will not be in the lineup. He will miss his first NFL game after 120 starts due to a partially torn hamstring. Diehl told McDonald & Tierney on ESPN Radio earlier today that he hopes to return next week against Philadelphia.
"It's my hamstring," Diehl said on his weekly spot on 1050 ESPN's McDonald and Tierney show. "I hurt my hamstring. I am just glad that it isn't my hip because if you hurt your hip then that is surgery and stuff like that. It is muscular and it will take a little time to heal up a little bit. My goal is to be back at Philadelphia next week."
More likely, he could miss several weeks. Shawn Andrews, who started at left tackle last week against Seattle for the first time while Diehl shifted to guard, will start there.
The Giants today placed Adam Koets, who has started three games this season at center on injured reserve, and activated lineman Kevin Boothe from the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) List. Boothe could go from PUP directly into the starting lineup at left guard.
That is because usual starting left guard rich Seubert is likely to have to make a second straight start at center with Koets on IR and Shaun O'Hara unlikely to play for a second straight week due to a Lisfranc sprain of his foot. Right now, O'Hara does not sound like a guy who will be ready to play this weekend.
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