EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - The New York Giants‘ offensive line apparently is going to get another makeover.
O'Hara practiced on a limited basis Thursday and Friday and sounded confident that he would play for the first time since being sidelined with a sprained right foot six games ago.
“I feel good,” O'Hara said after practice Friday. “I feel relevant again, which is nice, and I’m looking forward to being with my teammates and contributing. Hopefully, I can play half as good as Rich.”
This has been a season of musical chairs for the line, with only right guard Chris Snee and right tackle Kareem McKenzie starting all 13 games at the same position. Seubert has started all 13, but the first seven were at left guard and the last six at center.
There have been six starting combinations with Adam Koets (Injured Reserve, knee), Will Beatty, Shawn Andrews and Boothe all getting starts in the combinations. If O'Hara returns, it will mark only the fifth time this season that the Week 1 line of Diehl, Seubert, O'Hara, Snee and Mackenzie will start.
O'Hara smirked and shook his head. He’s glad to be back though.
“What a long, strange trip it’s been,” the 11-year-veteran said. “It’s been frustrating; it’s been tough. It’s been day to day, week to week. Last week, I was able to do a little bit more, and I was hoping to have a shot last week. It just wasn’t ready. But this week, it’s definitely felt better. I was able to do much more this week. It gave us all confidence that I can make it through.”
O'Hara made last week’s roundabout road trip that included a stopover in Kansas City and eventually a game against the Minnesota Vikings in Detroit on Monday night because snow collapsed the roof of the Metrodome.
“It’s something we’ll all remember forever,” he said, “and when Rich writes his book, I’m sure he’ll have a chapter just for that trip.”
“He’s been waiting for this for a long time. It’s not fun watching,” Seubert said. “It’s not fun sitting on the bike waiting to get back. You want to come back and it’s good to have him back out there. We’ve been poking him in the ribs a little bit here and there just to welcome him back on the offensive line.”