Sean Locklear suffers 'bad' knee injury

New York Giants tackle Sean Locklear is wheeled

New York Giants tackle Sean Locklear is wheeled from the field after an injury during the second half. (Dec. 3, 2012) (Credit: AP)

Sean Locklear spent the first four months of his Giants career as the player who filled in for others who were hurt. Now it seems the Giants will have to find a way to replace him.

The nine-year veteran was carted off the field with an injury to his right knee in the fourth quarter, an injury sustained while blocking on an Ahmad Bradshaw run on the Giants' final possession.

While there was no official declaration of the severity of the injury, teammates were told that it is "bad." And seeing Locklear writhing in pain with doctors holding his knee steady as he was driven off the field certainly reinforced that idea.

"It's a knee," was all coach Tom Coughlin confirmed in somber tones. "It's a knee."

"They really didn't tell us what it was, just that it was bad," left tackle Will Beatty said. "Seeing any guy getting carted off the field is not a good thing."

Locklear was signed to be a backup lineman, and that's what he was. He started the season as the starting left tackle because Beatty had back troubles through training camp, then moved to the right side when David Diehl suffered a knee injury in Week 2. He lost his starting job in recent weeks to Diehl as he came back from his injury, but when Diehl injured his shoulder last week Locklear stepped in and started against the Redskins on the right side.

If Locklear is unable to play the rest of the season, that would leave Beatty and Diehl at the tackles and untested second-year player James Brewer as their backup.

Locklear played for the Redskins last season, so as he was carted off several of his former teammates came onto the field to acknowledge him and many fans at FedEx Field clapped for him.

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