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Justin Pugh moves into starting right tackle role

Justin Pugh, right, tries to block defensive end

Justin Pugh, right, tries to block defensive end Adewale Ojomo during training camp. (Aug. 12, 2013) Credit: James Escher

The Giants debuted their reconstituted offensive line at practice Tuesday, and it featured rookie Justin Pugh as the starting right tackle.

Pugh replaces David Diehl at that position. Diehl moved to left guard to replace Kevin Boothe. And Boothe moved to center to replace David Baas, who will miss the next several weeks with a sprained MCL in his left knee.

"It's the best way for us to play right now," coach Tom Coughlin said. "We're trying to get the group on the field now that can work together hopefully and prepare for the regular season."

That makes it sound as if the Giants do not expect Baas back for the Sept. 8 opener. He is considered week-to-week and MCLs usually take 3-6 weeks to heal.

As for Pugh, he was excited about the prospect of a starting job even before it was made clear he would have one. "I just want to get out there to play," the first-round pick said prior to Tuesday's practice. "I'd definitely love the opportunity to get out there and compete."


Rolle-ing along

Safety Antrel Rolle ran full speed in agility drills just a little more than a week after spraining his right ankle. Wearing only a light wrap around the ankle, he ran sprints forward, backward and side to side without much visible impediment. The Giants believe he will return to practice this week.


Giant steps

DE Justin Tuck practiced after suffering a slight hamstring strain against the Colts . . . The Giants waived/injured T Chris DeGeare and WR Keith Carlos . . . Wednesday is the final day of training camp and the last day that practice is open to the public. The workout is scheduled for 1:30.

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