EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Bobby Hart turned his right ankle on the Giants second offensive series Sunday night and it clearly bothered him the rest of the game. Obviously he didn't want to come out of the first game of the season.
He also probably knew that he couldn't.
Such is the state of the Giants' offensive line that a gimpy Hart was still their best option for the rest of their disastrous, 19-3 loss in Dallas. He toughed it out and had a terrible game, unable to plant or push off his ankle with any strength.
"I mean, I didn't really have no choice," Hart said on Wednesday. "You don't really want to come out in that situation, so you just try to do everything you can and give it up for the team."
The 23-year-old Hart does believe he'll be able to play when the Giants play their home opener against the Detroit Lions on Monday night, but that seemed far from a certainty. He was walking with a heavy limp in the locker room on Wednesday and his ankle was tightly wrapped. He also had a walking boot to wear over the ankle for the rest of the day.
If he can't go, the Giants have limited options. Behind him on the depth chart is Chad Wheeler, an undrafted rookie who didn't look ready for most of the summer. The Giants also have veteran D.J. Fluker, who was inactive for the game in Dallas, but the Giants consider him to be a guard anyway.
The reality is that they're so thin they really need Hart - though he can't really play if he's in the same condition he was for most of Sunday night.
"I mean, it's my ankle, bro. You try blocking on one ankle," Hart said. "You're trying to stop people from pushing you, you're trying to plant on your ankle and it's just … it is what it is. It's just part of the game."