Sean Locklear has been a valuable member of the New York Giants offensive line, starting games at left tackle and right tackle and doing a solid job at both spots. Now, the Giants will probably be placing him on season-ending injured reserve after it was learned he would need surgery to repair what the team will only call, “a significant knee injury.”
Tom Coughlin wouldn’t get into detail about the extent of the injury except to say it would require surgery. The mood among the Giants offensive lineman was equally vague and gloomy. Chris Snee would only say, “I just wish him the best…just know that it is not good.”
With Locklear out of the lineup the Giants will turn back to David Diehl who has been dealing with an MCL sprain this season as well as a burner in his shoulder. He is said to be healthy and did play against the Washington Redskins but he has been the target of fan criticism lately.
James Brewer, a fourth round pick from the 2011 NFL Draft, will now be asked to step up. Last season he spent a good portion of the year as a healthy inactive and struggled at times in the preseason. However, the Giants knew he was a project and saw in Brewer a potential right tackle for many years. Now, Brewer will need to step up and play a role in the offensive line rotation.
Brewer won’t be asked to take the starting job unless Diehl goes down with an injury but it is time for Brewer to step up.