David Baas fought through multiple offseason surgeries to be ready for the start of training camp, an accomplishment he was very proud of. Since the season started, though, it’s been injury after injury. Today, the starting center was put on season-ending injured reserve after re-injuring his knee in Monday night’s game against the Vikings.
Baas played only one full game this season. He missed the opener with an MCL sprain, played in Week 2 against the Broncos, came out late in Week 3 against the Panthers with a neck injury, sat out three games, and then played the opening drive of Monday’s game.
“It’s very frustrating, to say the least,” Baas said. “You work so hard. We said we can’t catch a break.”
Baas will have surgery to repair his knee, but the ACL remains in tact.
The Giants did not make an addition to their roster to replace Baas. He is the second starting lineman to land on injured reserve, following guard Chris Snee. David Diehl also missed the first several weeks with a thumb injury. Jim Cordle will replace Baas in the lineup, as he has for most of this season.
“You’ve got to stay positive,” Baas said. “You’ve got to move on. You’ve got to get healthy again. That’s all I’ve ever known is if something happens, you just work hard at getting back to the best you can, get closest to 100 percent as possible, and that’s what I’ve got to do again. It’s just an obstacle in the road, but we can get by it. It’s tough to deal with it, but that’s part of life and it’s part of this game.”
Baas was hurt on the final play of the opening drive against the Vikings when his leg was whipped.
“You kind of know right away when you get that feeling,” he said. “I was hoping it wasn’t anything worse, but it’s definitely bad enough to where it’s come to this.”
Baas said he is looking forward to a return in 2014.
“That’s what you live for,” he said. “Obviously, there’s things that happen and you’re a man about it and you realize that’s a part of the business, but you don’t think about (not playing) right now. That may come down the road and I’m smart enough to be prepared for that, but as of right now, I’m just worried about getting healthy and getting to a point where I can play and play at a very high level again.”