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Shaun O'Hara: 'It's now or never'

Center Shaun O'Hara #60 and the New York

Center Shaun O'Hara #60 and the New York Giants line up against the Kansas City Chiefs during the game on October 4, 2009 at Arrowhead Stadium inKansasKansas City. Credit: Getty Images

On the injury report, center Shaun O'Hara is listed as questionable with the foot injury that has sidelined him the past six games. But there's no mistaking that he's going to start against the Eagles Sunday at New Meadowlands Stadium even though coach Tom Coughlin said there will be no decision until he sees how O'Hara is on Saturday.

Told of Coughlin's comment, O'Hara laughed and said, "Is he going to call me or nudge me? I tell you what. Unless somebody grabs me on the way to my car, I don't think anything is going to change before tomorrow. But feel free to call him and ask him tomorrow."

The mood in the Giants' locker room was jovial as the media gathered around O'Hara's locker. From the other side of the room, Rich Seubert, who moved from left guard to center in O'Hara's absence, yelled, "He's at his locker. Shaun O'Hara's back."

O'Hara, who actually has missed nine total games this season, said his time spent dealing with the Lisfranc injury on the bottom of his right foot has been frustrating because it's an injury that lingers. Even now, he still has pain. It's a matter of managing it, and his comeback also is a product of the urgency created by the schedule.

"I don't think I'd say I'm healed," O'Hara said. "It's to the point now where I don't know how much better it's going to get. We've just got to go. I can't wait much longer. The season will be over. It's now or never, and I've been managing pain all year, so, it's nothing new."

The Eagles game and the significance of the battle for first in the NFC must have had a curative effect on the whole roster. Coughlin couldn't remember the last time all 53 players on the active roster took part in practice as happened today. Besides O'Hara, linebacker Michael boley (shoulder), backup tackle Shawn Andrews (back) and special teamer Devin Thomas (hamstring) all are listed as questionable. Everyone else on the roster is probable, inclduing starting wide receiver Mario Manningham (hip flexor).

"Something about playing the Eagles makes you feel better all over," O'Hara said. "It's a huge game. It's the biggest game of the year so far. Everybody's excited. We're at home. This is possibly our last home game. We're asking our fans to bring their 'A' game, and we're going to bring our 'A' game. We're hoping they can be the difference-maker in this game and that they can be loud and just as excited as we are."

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