The New York Giants offensive line suffered a second, more significant blow Monday when David Diehl was diagnosed with a partially torn hamstring. Diehl, the team’s starting left tackle, will be out for several weeks.
Earlier today the Giants announced backup center Adam Koets would miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury.
The news, however is not all bad for the Giants on the offensive line. From Mike Garafolo:
The good news in both cases is the Giants have contingency plans and added depth. Shawn Andrews played well in his first start at left tackle on Sunday and Kevin Boothe will be activated off the physically-unable-to-perform list this week. Plus, second-year tackle William Beatty is working his way back from a broken foot and is expected to participate in individual drills this week.
Diehl’s injury seemingly assures Andrews will be the Giants’ left tackle in his return to Philly for the Week 11 matchup with the Eagles – a game that has officially been locked in as NBC’s Sunday Night game on Nov. 21.
This does, however, mean adjustments for the 6-2 Giants. They are already without starting center Shaun O’Hara, who has a Lisfranc sprain of his foot. His status for this weekend’s game against Dallas is unknown.
Likely, starting guard Rich Seubert will shift to center, where he played Sunday against Seattle. Either Boothe or rookie Mitch Petrus will play the left guard and Andrews would appear to be the left tackle for the time being.
The Giants offensive line has been together for most of the past four seasons, and has been a strength. Now, the team’s depth is going to face a stern test.