Weston Richburg had not missed a single professional start (26 games) until last Sunday’s game against Washington when an ankle sprain kept him out of action. The center out of Colorado State is healing nicely but still refused to say whether he was going to play against the Jets in the upcoming Battle of New York.
“Yeah, I went last Wednesday, I guess, a week ago, and it didn’t feel like it feels now," said Richburg. "It feels much better today.
I have no idea, if my ankle’s better…that’s the whole thing, just got to keep practicing until it gets better”
It’s no secret that Big Blue has been dealing with injury issues throughout the season and their offensive line is no different. Guards Justin
Pugh and Geoff Schwartz have missed time this season with the former set to return from a concussion while the latter was lost for the season due to a fracture in his lower leg. Marshall Newhouse, the team’s right tackle, has also been complaining of back pain recently and missed his second practice in a row.
Richburg understands why the line’s health is varying and was happy with Dallas Reynolds as the next man up.
“It’s a physical position, injuries happen so our guys have done a great job coming in, you know, Dallas came in for me last week and did a great job, you know, he battled, everyone’s got each other’s back and if the line needs to be shuffled, it needs to be shuffled, guys understand that”
Reynolds, rookie Bobby Hart and John Jerry are part of the Giants’ makeshift O-line and they recently brought back Adam Gettis from the Oakland Raiders’ practice squad as added insurance. Gettis was on the Giants’ roster back in 2014 and was part of its training camp and practice squad before being let go.
The team faces quite the predicament with its line as it wants to field its best team but also doesn’t want to force its members back early with the chance of getting reinjured. This situation is exacerbated by the time of year we are in, with the playoffs looming, and by the Giants’ refusal to take control of their rather weak division. Coach Coughlin, with O-line coach Pat Flaherty, will no doubt be weighing the pros and cons of trying to get their starters back ASAP but will make those decisions with the postseason in mind.