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Jim Cordle's jersey mix-up becomes tribute to David Baas

An official checks on center David Baas at

An official checks on center David Baas at MetLife Stadium on Oct. 30, 2011. Photo Credit: David Pokress

On the day the Giants placed David Baas on season-ending injured reserve, backup center Jim Cordle came out to practice wearing Baas' jersey. A touching tribute? Nope. Just a wardrobe malfunction.

It turns out that Baas' practice jersey was accidentally hung in Cordle's locker by the equipment staff and Cordle didn't notice the difference as he slipped the mesh over his shoulder pads. It wasn't until they were out on the field that others pointed out the error. Cordle, who has replaced Baas as the starting center, had his regular jersey brought out to him.

"I guess it was fitting that I could wear his jersey for a little bit on this day," Cordle said. "It was an accident, but it happened to be a good day to have it."

As for Baas, he'll have knee surgery to repair an injury he suffered early in Monday night's Vikings game. Baas has played only one full game this season, in Week 2 against the Broncos, and has been sidelined by previous knee injuries as well as a neck issue.

"It's very frustrating, to say the least," Baas said. "You work so hard. We said we can't catch a break."

Baas said he is glad his ACL remained intact and he will continue working toward a return in 2014, but it may not be with the Giants. He has two years left on his contract, but the Giants could save about $7 million against their salary cap over the next two seasons if they cut him.

Jacobs not a fantasy fan

Brandon Jacobs said the fan who threatened him and his family over fantasy football was "just a kid being dumb," but he did not excuse the behavior.

"When you say stuff like that and think it's a joke, that's a problem," Jacobs said. "It's a good thing he was where he was at the time."

Jacobs said that he doesn't mind fans who play fantasy football for fun, but said he and other players don't owe anyone who takes the pursuit too seriously.

"The only owners and general managers I owe anything to is Jerry Reese and the Mara and Tisch families," Jacobs said. "Everybody else, I don't concern myself with."

Giant steps

Besides Jacobs, LB Spencer Paysinger (ankle) and DT Shaun Rogers (knee) did not practice for the Giants . . . Coughlin said he has been pleased by the play of CB Trumaine McBride. "Our corners were pretty much wiped out," he said of injuries to Corey Webster, Aaron Ross and Jayron Hosley. "[McBride] started and he's played well. As long as there's any kind of concern for health issues or length of service or how many snaps, then he's heavily counted on."


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