That means the Giants will have two backups in starting roles (James Brewer, Jim Cordle) and only one in reserve (Brandon Mosley) to fend off the Kansas City Chiefs' defense, who currently lead the NFL in sacks.
How do you get them ready for such a challenge?
"Practice, just like you’re seeing. They’ve got to take all the reps. They’ve got to take everything they can." said Tom Coughlin. "Even the jog-throughs are critical. It’s obviously not full speed, but they have to take everything they possibly can, try to see everything they possibly can and then get them to play full-speed and not just sit there and be looking around at what they expect. The only thing you can do is accelerate the practice time and put them out there and that’s what we’re doing."
Diehl is suddenly in hurry-up mode. He's not expected back until next week, but it's all hands on deck here, so he's preparing. If the call was his, he'd be out there:
"To sit here and say that I’m going to be ready on Sunday when it’s only the second day, I can’t say that. But one thing I can say is that I went out there, pushed myself harder today than I did yesterday, I’m making improvements, I’m making improvements each and every day. I can’t ask for anything more than that. The trainers have been great. I’ve been working extremely hard in the weight room to keep my strength and my conditioning and everything. I feel great. Now it’s just making sure I get all those things together so when I go out there and they let me go, I’m ready to go full speed."
OL Kevin Boothe believes the line will come together. This summer, the coaches gave many of the young lineman chances to play with the ones:
"We’re all working together throughout the course of training camp and everything, so it’s not like it’s a completely new person that I’ve never talked to or seen before. We’ve played next to each other before. Sure there are things that might have to be a little bit more verbal than with some of the other guys but that’s fine. It’s not a problem."
LT Will Beatty played poorly in Carolina but is handling the situation like a pro:
"This is a game. It’s the hand that we were dealt for this week and, being a player, whoever’s out there beside you, you have to make the best of it. I know I had problems in last week’s game that I have to clean up, so my main concern is me and how I react the next game."