September 13, 2010 by staff
O’Hara did not practice Thursday, and his left leg was encased in a cast after the practice. Giant’s coach Tom Coughlin said Rich Seubert, a physical guard who is back from injury he, will replace O’Hara at center against the Ravens.
“They’ll try to solve this problem, so they put a cast on it, and they will keep for three or four days to see if they can not get these things right,” said Coughlin.
O’Hara said it was “probably a good opportunity,” he will miss the rest of the preseason. The center 33-year-old had been battling a sore left ankle for the entire training camp. O’Hara has been plagued by ankle pain and swelling in most of August.
“It’s something I’ve been playing with most of training camp,” he said.
That means that Seubert, who will see his first preseason action since breaking a bone in his left hand in early August, will play center. The veteran left guard said he is not worried about making the change of heart, who has taken snaps at the position before.
Seubert did not play the entire game in the middle, either, partly because it is returning from injury. Coughlin said Seubert would play maybe “20 or 25 plays,” before giving way fourth-year lineman Adam Koets, who worked at the center in training camp.
Defensive tackle Jay Alford (knee), receiver Sinorice Moss (groin), wide receiver Ramses Barden (back), tight end Travis Beckum and cornerback Terrell Thomas (calf) and Aaron Ross (foot) and safety Michael Johnson (back) did not practice. Defensive linemen Juan Pierre-Paul (hand) and Chris Canty (groin) did individual drills, but did not participate in team meetings.
And Thomas Coughlin said Moss would not play against the Ravens.
With Aaron Ross battling a right foot injury, the Giants are looking for a punt returner. Mario Manningham and rookie Tim Brown of Rutgers had representatives on site. Brown caught all his balls cleanly and showed good speed. Manningham was solid as well, although it mishandled a ball when he was forced to turn around and retreat to the goal line on a punt particularly deep.
Good news for the Giants secondary. Ross and Thomas were out, but safety Kenny Phillips continues in a round shape. The third-year player, who is making a comeback from micro fracture surgery he underwent last September, no intercept a pair of passes as he did on Wednesday, but is impressive teammates.
“He looked like the old Kenny Phillips,” said Giants cornerback Bruce Johnson, who played with Phillips at the University of Miami. “I was flying all over the pitch and play decisions. It’s getting there.”
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