The New York Giants offensive line has been a work in progress this preseason and it looks as though it will be without center David Baas for at least the next week. Baas suffered a sprained MCL early in Sunday's 20-12 defeat to the Indianapolis Colts and did not return to action. Head coach Tom Coughlin told reporters on Monday that Baas will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis, a message that New York's center echoed to the media on Tuesday.
"Coughlin said it will be week-by-week and that's how we're going to take it right now," explained Baas. "I'm just going to do everything I can to get back as fast as I can, but be smart about it. I just want to help this team win."
With the Giants regular season opener against the Dallas Cowboys set for September 8, Big Blue's man in the middle could be in jeopardy of missing the first installment of a pivotal NFC East clash. While Baas is chomping at the bit to get back with his teammates on the practice field, he's listening to the advice of doctors and training staff to avoid further damage or any setbacks in his recovery.
"I think it is," said Baas of being healthy for the start of the regular season. "Obviously I'm going to follow the doctor's orders and take it week-by-week and see how it's progressing. It's kind of one of those annoying things to wait a little bit I want to work through this and be ready to compete."
If Baas is sidelined for an extended period of time the Giants will be forced to reshuffle their offensive front. One possibility is moving left guard Kevin Boothe to center and plugging in either rookie right tackle Justin Pugh or backup Selvish Capers in at left guard. As New York's coaching staff determines the best line combination in Baas' absence, the injured center is maintaining a positive outlook on things.
"I was frustrated the other day," explained Baas of his initial reaction to the injury. "Now I'm over it. I know I can bounce back from this, just like everything else. It's something I can overcome."