Giants G Chris Snee uncertain with knee injury

Rich Seubert waited for fellow Chris Snee to walk from the

trainer’s room to his locker before raising his voice for everyone

to hear.

“Chris Snee is at his locker,” Seubert bellowed Thursday

afternoon in the New York Giants’ locker room.

Snee just looked in Seubert’s direction and shook his head. No

words came out of his mouth, although the “thanks for nothing”

was loud and clear.

Snee is one of the main story lines as the Giants (7-5) prepare

for Sunday’s NFC East showdown with the Philadelphia Eagles (8-4),

who share first place in the division with Dallas with four games

to go in the season.

Probably the Giants’ best offensive lineman, Snee is a question

mark this week. He injured his left knee in Sunday’s 31-24 win over

the Cowboys and he did not play in the second half.

Snee did not practice on Wednesday. He worked out on a limited

basis on Thursday, improving his chances of playing on Sunday and

extending his streak of consecutive starts to 77 straight


“I have nothing to say,” Snee said when asked how he felt. He

deferred all questions about his injury to coach Tom Coughlin, his


When told Coughlin said he was limited at practice, Snee


“I’m always limited,” said Snee, who went to the Pro Bowl last

season. “I’m a limited athlete.”

Seubert was willing to speculate.

“This is the last guy you’d expect to miss a game,” Seubert

said. “He’s tough as nails.”

If Snee is unable to play, veteran Kevin Boothe will replace

him. Boothe, who filled in at right guard in the second half in

last week’s 31-24 win over Dallas, has not started a game since

2006 with Oakland.

Boothe is preparing to play but he also believes Snee will be in

the lineup on Sunday.

“This is Chris Snee we are talking about,” Boothe said. “He

is as tough as they come.”

Boothe, who played well after replacing Snee against the

Cowboys, said he is not preparing any differently this week. The

Giants dress seven offensive linemen for games and he backs up at

both guard and tackle positions.

“When I am out there I am just trying to be as anonymous as

possible,” Boothe said. “The best situation is when nobody knows

Chris is out of the game.”

Whoever plays, the Giants are going to need a big effort from

their offensive line, especially if the forecast for inclement

weather is on the mark.

Eli Manning is not the best poor weather quarterback and the

Giants will need a running game to slow down the Eagles


“No question, you want that in every game,” halfback Brandon

Jacobs said. “You want to keep an explosive offense like that off

of the field, no matter who you are playing against and no matter

how good your defense is. You want to keep an offense like that on

the sideline where they can’t do any harm.”

The Giants’ running game has slipped this season. After

averaging 157.4 yards rushing last season, New York is averaging

124.6 this year. Jacobs has yet to have a 100-yard game.

“Last year was like Haley’s Comet,” center Shaun O’Hara said.

“Sure the numbers are down. But all we are looking to do is gain

100 yards.”

NOTES: S Michael Johnson, who has a groin injury, also practiced

on a limited basis Thursday. Backup halfback Ahmad Bradshaw did not

practice but he is expected to work out on Friday. Manning (foot),

running back D.J. Ware (concussion) and tight end Travis Beckum

(groin) practiced fully.