On Wednesday I approached the desolate area just in front of Adam Koets’ locker, a place that had, for the last few weeks, been teeming with reporters.
“Back to the shadows, huh?” I asked him.
He shook his head and said that, of course, he was having a large group of family and friends coming to New York for the game against the Lions.
That was the first very clear sign that Shaun O’Hara would be playing today. The injured center had missed the last three games with an ankle/Achilles injury that first popped up at the start of training camp. Koets filled in and played well.
But the Giants just released their inactives for the game and O’Hara’s name is not on it, meaning he’ll play. And start. And all of those people who came to the game to watch Koets play will be disappointed. Back to the shadows, indeed. Unless, of course, O'Hara is unable to finish the game, which is a very good possibility since he has not really tested the ankle pushing against an opponent.
Here are your Giants inactives, headlined by the kicker who sprained his left ankle in practice on Friday: Lawrence Tynes, Brian Jackson, D.J. Ware, Madison Hedgecock, Keith Bulluck, Phillip Dillard, Will Beatty and Mathias Kiwanuka.
Newly signed Shayne Graham will handle the kicking for the Giants today. And as for Ware, who missed the whole week with a groin injury, you might think it leaves the Giants with just two healthy running backs. But during the week they had WR/KR Darius Reynaud working in the backfield so my guess is he’d be the emergency third running back. Not that the Giants have needed one to this point.
Oh, and Keith Bulluck is missing his third straight game with a turf toe injury. That means that he has now missed the same number of games during his three-month Giants career as he did during his 10-year Titans career. Go figure.