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Mishap scares Marshall Newhouse, but Giants' O-line could be full strength against Jets

New York Giants offensive lineman Marshall Newhouse practices

New York Giants offensive lineman Marshall Newhouse practices during organized team activity on May 27, 2015 at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, N.J. Photo Credit: AP / Evan Pinkus

Marshall Newhouse was more frightened than injured.

That's what happens when you play on a team spooked by injuries and get the back of your foot stepped on in practice. On Wednesday, Newhouse, the starting right tackle, had that occur to him. He writhed on the ground, received attention from the medical staff and missed the rest of the workout.

By Thursday, though, he was fine. Newhouse is expected to play Saturday night against the Jets.

"It was pretty scary," he said. "I got stepped on while I was engaged in a block and went down. It was scary but I think all is well. It was an accident. It happens."

Newhouse waved off the cart and decided to walk himself to the locker room. He said that was more a matter of pride.

Tom Coughlin said the injury wound up being just a "surface scratch." He also said starting center Weston Richburg, who missed two practices this week with a sore knee, is feeling better and could play against the Jets.

"I need to be in with my guys," Richburg said. "Whatever the snap count is for the first group, I need to be in there."

He did say, though, that it will be a risk-reward decision whether he plays.

"Understand that I want to be out there the entire regular season," Richburg said. "We'll continue to talk about it and figure out what we want to do."

If he plays, that will give the Giants all six of the offensive linemen who are battling for the five starting jobs. Where Geoff Schwartz plays remains to be determined. Teams ideally prefer to come out of the third preseason game knowing who those five starters are, even if Coughlin said earlier in camp he does not hold to that timeline. In the Giants' case, it would be an unusual sign of stability to be able to progress from Saturday night's game to the opener two weeks later with the same group.

"I think we just want to have a stellar performance. That's our goal," Newhouse said. "We're trying to improve every week and put our best foot forward. That's all we can do, and how they shake out is how they shake out."


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