John Fennelly, Lead Writer
Things were churning on the last day of Giants camp this afternoon. David Diehl, who was shifted from RT to LG only yesterday, will be out for six weeks after undergoing surgery on his right thumb.
“The doctor felt like he really needed to have his thumb corrected so that he could go further,” said Tom Coughlin. “He’s been in a lot of pain. He’s a tough guy and you’d never even know it until the doctor kind of jumped in. He’ll get this fixed and he’ll be back.”
So it was back to the drawing board today for the Giants on the offensive line. With no David Baas (knee) and now no Diehl, Coughlin will go with Jim Cordle at center, Kevin Boothe at LG, Chris Snee at RG, Will Beatty at LT and rookie Justin Pugh at RT.
“It’s time to go figure it out. That’s for sure,” Coughlin said. “We have two games to play and hopefully they can have a lot of things occur on the field that we can take care of and not … while doing it right instead of causing problems for other areas.”
Cordle is getting the nod over Boothe at center. The Giants had the option of playing Boothe at center and using either James Brewer or Brandon Mosley. Coughlin decided to keep Cordle at center until Baas returns:
“Cordle played very well the other night and we thought that was the best move for now and we do have that option. But for now the option that we took is this one. We’re really excited about the way Cordle played the other night. Hopefully he’ll keep that going.”
In other news, CB Terrell Thomas will make his long-awaited return this Saturday against the Jets. He had a pick of Ryan Nassib today in practice, which was encouraging to Coughlin:
“Really, it was good. He looked good yesterday too moving around out there and really moved well today also. So I’m looking forward to seeing him in the practice tape on that.”
WR Jerrel Jernigan is getting additional reps with Victor Cruz on crutches and Louis Murphy (leg) and Ramses Barden (knee) also sitting out practice today. Coughlin was asked if he is in a “constant wait” for Jernigan to produce:
“We’ve always looked forward to having Jerrel based on the things that we saw when he was in college and the way that he handled things in the wild cat, the whole bit. He threw the ball. Yeah, there’s been some frustration with that. This is definitely a setback with the hamstring issue because, quite frankly, he’s had some very good days at practice. Hopefully, he’s had enough where he’ll play well in the game on the weekend and come through it strong and give us some more options.”
DE Damontre Moore (shoulder) and CB Corey Webster also did not practice. Coughlin said Moore could be ready soon and that CWeb has been dealing multiple issues:
“He’s had a slight MCL, but he’s got a groin too. I would think he’s getting close.”