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David Diehl, Ahmad Bradshaw, Domenik Hixon all injured in miserable first half for Giants

Giants tackle David Diehl (66) is tended to

Giants tackle David Diehl (66) is tended to by trainers during the first half of a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. (Sept. 16, 2012) Credit: AP

The Giants lost three key offensive players to injury in the first half of their game against the Bucs. David Diehl left with a right knee injury, Domenik Hixon left with a concussion and Ahmad Bradshaw left after having x-rays taken on his neck.

The Giants’ defense was already without two contributors as Prince Amukamara (ankle) and Keith Rivers (hamstring) were inactive.

The Giants shuffled their offensive line a few times to replace Diehl on the fly before settling in on moving left tackle Sean Locklear to the right side and putting Will Beatty at left tackle. Ramses Barden replaced Hixon as the Giants’ third receiver. As for Bradshaw, the Giants turned to Andre Brown for their carries and even had fullback Henry Hynoski in on some blocking and running plays as a tailback.

It's unclear what the status of Diehl, Bradshaw and Hixon will be when the Giants face the Panthers in a quick turnaround on Thursday.

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