David Diehl of the New York Giants has been a target of late by the fans for his uneven performance this season. Diehl has missed time dealing with knee injuries and other nagging injury issues as well. Now it appears that he will have a chance to get back into the good graces of Giants fans as he will be regaining his starting spot.
Sean Locklear, late in last night’s loss, injured his knee and was carted off the field. There are rumors of a torn ACL and possibly worse damage. Throw in this quote from Diehl about this injury and you have to figure it’s probably serious:
“It’s always tough to lose one of your brothers. He’s been a great guy for us, a great asset for our football team. It’s awful.”
The offensive line was playing better when Locklear was in than Diehl, opening more holes and protecting quarterback Eli Manning better as well. Diehl is not the same player that he once was and it is extremely possible that this is his last year due to his high cap number as well.
If this team is going to go back to the Super Bowl, David Diehl is going to have to play like his former self. Diehl will be at right tackle, which is a less of a stress area than the left, but he’s going to have to prove that he’s a better blocker than he has been this year. Now the Giants have to hope that #66 has a good run left in him.