David Diehl back at RT in place of Sean Locklear

David Diehl emphatically celebrates a Giants win. (Oct.

David Diehl emphatically celebrates a Giants win. (Oct. 7, 2010) (Credit: David Pokress)

Sean Locklear’s days as a starting linemen for the Giants are over, at least for the foreseeable future.

The veteran who started the first two games of the season at left tackle and the last six at right tackle, said he was told today that he will be the team’s sixth lineman against the Steelers. That means David Diehl will return to the starting lineup at right tackle.

“It’s just what they decided,” Locklear said. “They said: ‘It ain’t like you’ve been playing bad.’ It’s just, you know, you can’t lose your job to just a minor injury.”

Ironically, this is the way the Giants had their offensive line penciled in for the start of the season. But when Will Beatty was not ready to start the season with a back injury, Locklear stepped in for him at left tackle. Then Diehl was injured and Locklear moved to the right side to replace him.

“It’s tough,” Locklear said. “You’ve been playing all year. It’s tough. But at least I’m not just standing on the sideline. I’ll still get in there as the extra guy and get to play a little bit. Yeah, I was excited about the chance. Coming in, in the beginning, I thought I was going to be in this role and things happen and you get a chance to start for half a season. Now this. I’m not really thrilled about it, but it is what it is.”

Tags: Sean Locklear , David Diehl , Giants , Steelers , Will Beatty

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