For a struggling offense, possibly being without your pro-bowl offensive lineman is not the remedy for that situation. For the New York Giants this may be a reality for this Sunday’s game. Chris Snee, aka Tom Coughlin’s son-in-law didn’t practice for the second straight day with an ankle injury.
If Snee can’t go, look for David Diehl to move to his spot at guard and Sean Locklear to replace Diehl at tackle. Locklear did a very good job subbing for Diehl when he was injured. In fact, you could make an argument that since Diehl’s return, the offensive line hasn’t played as well. They haven’t been able to run the ball as effectively as they have done in previous games. They’ve had 108 and 63 rushing yards for the game the past two weeks.
Snee has been a very durable and very good guard throughout his career. Last season was the first year he didn’t play all 16 regular season games since his rookie year of 2004. Snee made three straight Pro Bowls from 2008-2010 and was a first team all-pro back in ’08. Snee and Eli Manning came into the league at the same time in ’04.
The Giants need a healthy Snee upfront on the right side of the line. Kevin Boothe and Snee are the only guys who’s listed position is guard. Diehl has experience but the line depth is very thin at that position. You don’t notice certain people are missing until they are gone. In the case of Snee, the Giants may miss him quite a bit on Sunday.