Diehl Out ~6 Weeks

Today was the last official day of “training camp”, and the big news was that [OL] David Diehl will undergo surgery on his thumb that will sideline him about 6 weeks. Yesterday, the offensive line was shuffled around due to [C] David Baas’ MCL sprain; Diehl was shifted from [RT] to [LG], Kevin Boothe went from [LG] to [C], and Justin Pugh filled in at [RT]. With Diehl out, Boothe goes back to [LG] and now Jim Cordle will be the starter at [C]. So our line from left to right: [LT] Beatty, [LG] Boothe, [C] Cordle, [RG] Snee, [RT] Pugh. Coughlin says it’s “time to go figure it out” in response to Cordle and Pugh (rookie) having no regular season experience as starters.

[DE] Damontre Moore (shoulder), [CB] Corey Webster (MCL, groin), [FS] Antrel Rolle (ankle) were not practicing, but did do individual work on a side field. Moore is getting close to returning, but it’s unsure what his game status will be this weekend. We found out today that Webster has been dealing with an MCL issue as well as lingering soreness (which we knew about) in his groin. That’s not good to hear, but it does explain why it’s taking him this long to get back out on the field. Less than a week ago, everybody was holding their breath when Rolle went down with an ankle injury, but he looks to be near full strength as he runs around on the side of practice. I’d expect Rolle to sit out the remaining preseason games, but I don’t have any doubt that he’ll be 100% ready to go for the season opener.

Our [WR] corps got pretty thin with Victor Cruz (heel), Louis Murphy (leg), and Ramses Barden (knee) all sitting out. Yesterday, [WR] Keith Carlos was waived/injured (along with [OL] Chris DeGeare), so today the Giants signed [WR] Terrell Sinkfield. The roster cut from 90 to 75 happens on Tuesday, so Sinkfield probably doesn’t have much time here. Right now, NYG is only using 89/90 roster spots, and it’s possible they don’t bother filling that last spot with the first cuts looming.

Last bit of news — Coughlin confirmed today that [CB] Terrell Thomas, who is attempting a comeback from his 3rd ACL injury, will get his first preseason action on Saturday vs. the Jets. Thomas was once a major piece of our defense, and a promising rising star in the NFL. This will be the first time he sees live game action in 2 full years, and everybody should be rooting for TT’s health. If he can eventually get back to his pre-injury form, Thomas will provide a huge boost to our inconsistent secondary.

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