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Offensive line finally intact vs. Eagles?

Shaun O'Hara

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For the first time since before their bye week and the fifth time this season, the Giants' traditional offensive line could be on the field Sunday.

Shaun O'Hara, who has missed the last six games and nine total this season, appears to be on track to return against the Eagles. That would allow Rich Seubert, who has filled in at center, to slide to his natural guard position. "It's like riding a bike," Seubert said Thursday of the lineup that also includes David Diehl, Chris Snee and Kareem McKenzie. "We've been out there for many years. We've played against [the Eagles] for a few years now together. We all have to be out there ready to go."

"The more the merrier," Seubert said. "We said guys would be back and they're coming back."

Said offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, "I'm sure [O'Hara] will be rusty like all of us would be under those circumstances, but just his experience, his knowledge, and the fact is he's an outstanding football player. If that does materialize, it certainly would be a benefit to us."

The Giants also could have Shawn Andrews ready. After missing a month with back issues, Andrews likely would be limited if he plays at all.

Giant steps

LB Michael Boley was the only regular not to practice, although he was on the field. He suffered a contusion to his shoulder Monday and said he wanted to give the injury one more day of rest. He expects to work Friday. WR Devin Thomas (hamstring) also did not practice . . . WR Mario Manningham, who has a hip flexor injury, was listed as "limited," but Tom Coughlin said he "didn't do much." With the loss of Steve Smith, Manningham is an important piece. He has said he intends to play Sunday . . . The Giants signed TE Jake Ballard from their practice squad to take the place of Smith, who was placed on injured reserve.


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