David Diehl did a mini media blitz yesterday and was telling just about everybody he could that he expected to be on the field in some capacity today.
NEVER LISTEN TO PLAYERS WHO SAY THEY WILL BE BACK SOON!
Now go write that 100 times on the blackboard.
Diehl was not on the field during the practice. He and Shaun O’Hara were in the weight room lifting while the rest of the Giants were getting ready for the Jaguars. And Tom Coughlin said there’s no reason to believe that either of the offensive linemen will make significant improvement this week and be available on Sunday.
“So many times we’ve said this and then gone out on the field and I have to explain again how come it didn’t progress to more, so we’ll be real conservative with this one,” Coughlin said. “No one has given me any indication that those guys are any further than just advanced in where they are, but not ready for the field.”
Coughlin wouldn’t say where Diehl will play when he does come back.
As for other injuries, Osi Umenyiora spent his Wednesday on the exercise bike, as is his usual wont. Today he was joined by Justin Tuck, who took a helmet to his thigh in the game and was sidelined with a quad injury (although he had three sacks while playing with the injury) and Will Blackmon (chest) who took a vicious hit on a punt return Sunday.
Madison Hedgecock was practicing, but he’s tried to come back from his hamstring injury and had setbacks so we’ll see where that winds up. And Steve Smith was on the field doing some agility drills. He’s still not expected to play for at least another week with his partially torn pectoral muscle.