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With David Baas sidelined, Jim Cordle feels up to the task at center

An official checks on center David Baas at

An official checks on center David Baas at MetLife Stadium on Oct. 30, 2011. Credit: David Pokress

There’s still no concrete diagnosis for David Baas, but the initial thinking is that the starting center suffered a sprained MCL on the third snap of the preseason game against the Colts. While that is relatively good news – it could have been worse, much worse, season-ending ACL worse – it does put Baas’ availability for the opener in jeopardy. Three weeks from tonight the Giants will be playing the Cowboys and an MCL usually takes 3-6 weeks to recover from.

So what will the Giants do at center? They have some options. They can move Kevin Boothe from guard to center and replace Boothe with anyone from David Diehl to James Brewer to Brandon Mosley. Or perhaps even Justin Pugh. When they drafted Pugh this spring the Giants were very excited about his versatility.

Or they could do what they did in the game, and that’s play Jim Cordle in his place.

Cordle may not have a lot of playing time experience with the first team, but he’s practiced with them quite a bit. Towards the end of last season Baas was so beaten up that he was missing a lot of practices and Cordle would be the one snapping the ball to Eli Manning during the week.

“This training camp he’s been healthy and he came back and he’s taking a lot of reps,” Cordle said of yielding to Baas for most of this summer.

That’s certainly about to change.

For his part, Cordle feels like he can step in.

“This is my fourth training camp,” he said. “I feel like I’m a better player than I have been so I’m confident in myself. If Baas is down for a while, hopefully the team is confident in me.”

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