Michael Eisen on Giants.com reports on the official website of the New York Football Giants that starting offensive tackle David Diehl will miss the remainder of training camp after undergoing surgery on his thumb on Wednesday.
According to Eisen, "Diehl practiced [Tuesday] with a cast on his right hand. After an MRI and examination by Dr. Hotchkiss this morning, it was determined the injury required surgical repair."
Coupled with starting center David Baas' sprained knee, suffered in Sunday's preseason loss to the Indianapolis Colts, the G-men spent the past two days reshuffling their offensive line in advance of Saturday's contest versus the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium.
Unlike Diehl, who is expected to miss the first month of the regular season, Baas hopes that he will be available for the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys on September 8th.
But with both Diehl and Baas unavailable on Saturday, the Giants will turn to rookie Justin Pugh to take Diehl's spot at right tackle. Pugh had been working with the first unit even prior to the Diehl injury.
Pugh said this about hearing the news that he would be working with the first team, "I was excited. It’s something, you come here, I played at Syracuse, and to be able to come out here and play with the first team really has that heightened, you have to be on your Ps and Qs and make sure you’re doing the right thing. Obviously, to go out there and get those reps yesterday was great for me. Now I’m just making sure I go out there and get better today."
Backup center Jim Cordle, who replaced Baas after his injury on Sunday, will start against Gang Green on Saturday.