By Paul Dottino
ALBANY, N.Y. – The Giants hadn’t even begun to hit this summer and they were forced to scratch one of their “healthy” starters in Day 2.
Center Shaun O’Hara said his left ankle swelled up following Sunday’s workout, causing coach Tom Coughlin to hold him out of Monday’s double-session. The situation is not believed to be serious, but there was no sense in forcing the veteran to run on it.
The others who joined O’Hara on the sideline during the morning practice were of no surprise, given the anticipation of a limited schedule based on their off-season bumps and bruises – Kenny Phillips, Kevin Boss, Hakeem Nicks, Keith Bulluck and Osi Umenyiora.
O’Hara’s injury allowed the Giants to give first-team center snaps to Adam Koets and LG Rich Seubert. This allowed LT David Diehl to slide in at guard and William Beatty at tackle. Diehl says he’ll be a team player, but thinks he’s the best left tackle on the team and Seubert insisted that he’s reported to camp with the intention of keeping his job as the starting left guard.
Today’s practice highlights included:
• John Busing breaking up a 50-yard pass from Rhett Bomar to Derek Hagan.
• Bomar hitting Bear Pascoe in the left seam for 30.
• A one-handed interception by Corey Webster on a 40-yard Eli Manning pass down the right sideline.
• Ramses Barden making a twisting leaping grab for a 40-yard Jim Sorgi throw down the right sideline, although Barden pushed off and easily could have drawn a flag.