With Pro Bowl center Shaun O'Hara missing the full week of practice and listed as doubtful because of his ankle and Achilles injuries, it now seems virtually certain Adam Koets will make his second career start and play his sixth career NFL game in four seasons Sunday against Tennessee.
"I'm getting ready to go," Koets said today after practice. "I'm excited for it."
But wouldn't you know that his family might have to watch on TV? "My family comes here for a lot of games, and this game, they're not going to be here," Koets said with a grin. "This wasn't planned. It's kind of funny. They come to four or five home games a year. They'll be here next month. They probably get a better view on TV anyway."
Koets said he's comfortable at center now after making the transition from tackle, and he's smart enough to make the blocking calls. It probably helped that he got a taste of playing last week as a second tight end. But he's spent much of this week going over things with O'Hara.
"Being able to play under Shaun, I know he's a great guy to learn from," Koets said. "He knows what he's doing, and he's always there to help out. I'm definitely using that."
Because of O'Hara's experience, coach Tom Coughlin says it's still possible he could play without practicing. "We'd consider it, no question," Coughlin said. "That's why I say it's day to day. You never know."
Coughlin also said that with all the injuries, backup linemen Shawn Andrews and Mitch Petrus have gotten lots of reps in practice and are ready to get in the mix if necessary.