According to senior writer Michael Eisen of Giants.com, the New York Football Giants have placed starting center David Baas on season ending injured reserve on Wednesday. Baas suffered a knee injury in the first quarter of Monday night's game against the Minnesota Vikings.
According to Eisen, "Baas, a nine-year veteran and third-year Giant, started all 16 games in 2012. But after the season he had multiple surgeries to correct several medical issues. Baas worked hard to make it back for the opening of training camp. But in the second preseason game, against Indianapolis, he hurt his knee, an injury that forced him to miss the last two games in August and the regular-season opener in Dallas. He returned to start against Denver and Carolina before the neck injury forced him off the field for three weeks."
Originally drafted by the San Francisco 49ers, Baas was signed as a free agent by the Giants in 2011 to replace veteran center Shaun O'Hara. In his first year with New York, Baas only played in 11 games as New York won Super Bowl XLVI against the New England Patriots 21-17.
He was a second round draft choice of the 49ers in 2005 out of the University of Michigan and played in 92 games in San Francisco prior to signing with Big Blue.
Conor Orr of the Star-Ledger is reporting that Baas tore his MCL, and that the injury will require surgery. Baas has two years remaining on his Giants' contract.
New York announced yesterday that the team has signed offensive lineman Dallas Reynolds to a contract to replace Baas. Reynolds had been with the Giants briefly after Baas injured his neck against the Denver Broncos. He played in 16 games with the Philadelphia Eagles last year.
Backup center Jim Cordle will likely be the starter against Philadelphia on Sunday, Cordle has filled in previously for Baas.
Regarding a return to the Giants next year, Baas said, "That’s what you live for. Obviously, there’s things that happen and you’re a man about it and you realize that’s a part of the business, but you don’t think about (not playing) right now. That may come down the road and I’m smart enough to be prepared for that, but as of right now, I’m just worried about getting healthy and getting to a point where I can play and play at a very high level again."