The New York Giants not only lost a golden opportunity to take a commanding lead in the NFC East on Monday night, but they also lost one of their better offensive lineman for the season. Sean Locklear, who had started eight games at right tackle, will miss the remainder of the season with what is being called a “serious” knee injury.
If you saw what happened on the field, you pretty much knew he would be done. It was gruesome.
Veteran offensive lineman David Diehl replaced Locklear, but his struggles the past two seasons have been well documented. He was so bad last year that Pro Football Focus ranked him, in terms of pass blocking efficiency, both the worst guard and worst tackle in the league in 2011 (he had enough snaps to qualify at both).
Not only has he struggled of late, but he suffered a “burner” against the Green Bay Packers last week. Also referred to as a “stinger,” this injury is a nerve injury in the shoulder/neck area.
Knowing all of this, could second-year man James Brewer be in line to make the first start of his young career? Brewer was a fourth-round pick out of Indiana in 2011, and Jerry Reese referred to him a ton as to why they did not take an offensive tackle early in the 2012 draft.
Clearly Reese didn’t trust him that much. Locklear was signed as an insurance policy this off-season and ended up being the best option at right tackle. His injury is a huge loss, and with no other veteran tackles on the roster, Brewer could be called upon as early as this week to step up.