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
“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
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.