David Diehl to start at RG for Giants vs. Eagles
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP)
The New York Giants' offensive line is getting its fourth face lift in five games.
Veteran lineman David Diehl will be starting at right guard for the Giants (0-4) on Sunday when they take on the Philadelphia Eagles (1-3).
Diehl injured his right thumb late in the preseason and had surgery. He was active for the first time last week, but did not play.
''It's like riding a bike,'' Diehl said after practice Thursday. ''This isn't the first time this has ever happened, so I'm excited. I'm excited about the opportunity. ''
The Giants need stability from the offensive line, which has struggled all season. Eli Manning was been sacked 14 times and the running game is averaging 58 yards.
Only left tackle Will Beatty and rookie right tackle Justin Pugh have started all four games at the same position. Kevin Boothe has started all four games, playing center in the opener before switching back to his regular left guard spot.
Center David Baas missed the season opener with a knee injury and then he hurt his neck against Denver in the second game. While he played against Carolina, he tweaked the neck again and has not practiced.
A four-time Pro Bowl player, Snee had hip surgery in the offseason. His current injury is the other hip.
Third-year pro Jim Cordle made his first career start last weekend, playing center.
''Our offensive line is a thick-skinned group,'' Diehl said. ''We're the guys who no matter what happens, no matter what's said, we're going to be a group that comes out fighting. Me coming back, I'm not a miracle worker. Everything's not going to be perfect, everything's not going to be fixed. I just know that I'm going to bring my leadership, I'm going to bring energy, I'm going to fight each and every play.''
The versatile Diehl has been a starter on the line since his rookie season in 2003, playing every position but center. He had a sub-par year at right tackle in 2012 and was battling Pugh for the starting job before being injured.
Now they are playing next to each other.
''Both of us are excited,'' Diehl said. ''As a group, as an offense, as a team - we're fired up. If you're not excited about this game, to play the Eagles, a division rival, one of those games that you know is going to be a four-quarter fist fight, we're pumped up and ready to go. ''
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