Let’s talk about two offensive linemen who were not on the pre-practice injury report but have substantial injury storylines: Shaun O’Hara and Kevin Boothe.
O’Hara, of course, missed three games with an ankle/Achilles injury that he’s been battling since the start of training camp. He finally got back on the field Sunday against the Lions and today he was practicing – a very good sign.
“Certainly having an extra day helps,” O’Hara said of the rest on Tuesday and Wednesday thanks to the Monday night game coming up. “We decided to do some work today and see how it feels. I haven’t really had any issues with it, even post game, so it’s feeling a lot better.”
Does that mean the injury is behind him?
“I hope so,” he said. “I’m still kind of holding my breath. I don’t want to jinx myself. But it’s feeling pretty good and it seems to be handling the workload.”
As for Boothe, he was able to practice for the first time since the spring when he tore his pectoral while training and it required surgery. He’d been on PUP since the start of training camp and had to sit out the first six weeks of the season.
“Mentally you always want to hit somebody the first time, or punch at least, and it felt fine,” he said.
Boothe said he was playing on the scout team and “bouncing around” from guard to tackle on both sides of the line.
“Wherever I was needed,” he said. “I was the extra body that I think everybody was happy to have out there on the offensive line, take some reps off of people’s hands.”
Boothe said he’s been feeling good for a few weeks, but admitted that he probably would not have been ready to play in Week 1. “It was probably in my best interest to be put on this (PUP) list,” he said.
He also said he’s not concerning himself with where he’ll fit on the 53-man roster. The Giants have been holding a spot for injured Will Beatty and they just picked up Jamon Meredith of waivers this week. Both are offensive tackles.
“You can’t look at that stuff,” Boothe said. “Things like that can change at any point so I think it would be kind of crazy to look and speculate on what might happen, this might happen. Who’s here, who’s not here. All I can control is what I do.”