With center Shaun O'Hara likely to miss his second straight game, a knee injury that kept backup center Adam Koets from practicing Wednesday prompted a game of musical chairs on the offensive line. Just as they did during training camp, guard Rich Seubert moved to center, Pro Bowl tackle David Diehl moved to guard and former Pro Bowl guard Shawn Andrews lined up in Diehl's left tackle position.
If that lineup were used in Houston on Sunday, Andrews would have to block Texans speed rusher "Super" Mario Williams, but after practice today, Diehl said the fuss is much ado about nothing. The coaching staff told him he wouold be back at tackle, his preferred position, in Thursday's workout, suggesting Koets is expected to practice and play on Sunday.
"I'll be back at tackle," Diehl said. "I just went out there and practiced [at guard]. I haven't pulled at guard for seven or eight weeks. I did it today, got it over with and I'll be back at tackle tomorrow."
Diehl said most of his video study still is focused on how to handle Williams. After holding Chicago's Julius Peppers without a sack last week, former No. 1 overall pick Williams represents a similar challenge.
"They're tall, long-armed guys who kind of play the same game," Diehl said. "Mario Williams uses more of a bull rush and his long arms to his advantage instead of just going straight around the edge. He plays power football. We know at home these guys play fired up and try getting their crowd into it and we're prepared for it."
Seubert agreed with Diehl that all the shuffling in practice was no big deal. He said he's played center in training camp and practice for the past eight years and is perfectly capable of doing it in a game if Koets' injury flares up.
"Everybody's got to be ready to go at every position," Seubert said. "Dave knows what he's doing anywhere, and I know what I'm doing anywhere. Shawn got here late, and the last couple weeks, he's been learning tackle and playing tight end for us. It's whatever makes it the easiest for anybody. The guys who aren't practicing will be back. We've all been through it."