O'Hara returns, doubtful for Sunday

Smiles were plentiful when one of the more popular Giants returned to work on Wednesday. Shaun O'Hara was greeted warmly after spending five days in the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan due to a lower leg infection.

O'Hara returned to Giants Stadium today but did not practice. He is listed as doubtful for Sunday's home game against the Chicago Bears. O'Hara is still receiving antibiotics intravenously, there's still a small red mark on his leg and he lost a few pounds. Otherwise, he seems fine.

"He looks good – a little bit light, not bad," coach Tom Coughlin said. "He has a good appetite, continues to get treatment right in our own training room. Everybody is happy to see him. With his personality, it is good to have him back. He will not practice today and I'm not sure when he will practice, to be honest with you. But the good thing and the important thing is that he is on track and he is doing well. To have him back with us is really a very positive sign."

Coughlin said he has not been given a time frame regarding O'Hara's return, which could be against the Bears. O'Hara did not play in last week's 34-13 victory in Minnesota.

"The doctors have not ruled him out for this weekend," Coughlin said.

O'Hara's problems began 10 days ago, when he was kicked in the calf in a loss to the Detroit Lions. Two days later, he noticed a small red spot on his leg. When he arrived for work on Wednesday, it was the size of a quarter. "It was a real painful, real hot, real sensitive to the touch," O'Hara said. It also throbbed when he stood up.

O'Hara later learned that the swelling that resulted from the kick likely impeded the circulation in his leg. When a staph infection set in, not enough blood flowed to the problem area. "I had a form of cellulites," O'Hara said.

The pain in his leg intensified last Wednesday evening.

"After Wednesday's practice it took on a life of its own," O'Hara said. "The swelling and the redness increased. When I came in Thursday they took me to the hospital.

"My first two days in there I felt bad. I had a fever, I felt sick. When you're in the hospital you worry about how much weight you're going to lose. I didn't lose 20 pounds. Sometimes when you get an infection of that type it attacks your body and you could lose your appetite. Fortunately, that wasn't the case for me."

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