Thumb surgery to sideline David Diehl 6 weeks

Newsday—August 21, 2013

Another day, another shuffle to the Giants' offensive line.

This time it was a maneuver to replace David Diehl after the tackle-turned-guard underwent surgery Wednesday to repair a capsule injury in his right thumb. He's expected to miss at least six weeks.

Diehl's surgery came as a surprise. He wore a protective cast on the hand Tuesday and practiced with the injury.

"I got hurt during the game but I will be all right,'' Diehl said Tuesday. "I've played through everything once before already.''

On Tuesday, Coughlin went so far as to call the injury a "nuisance thing.'' After an MRI and examination by Dr. Robert Hotchkiss at Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan Wednesday morning showed instability in the joint, though, Diehl was operated on.

"The doctor felt like he really needed to have his thumb corrected so that he could go further,'' Coughlin said Wednesday. "He's been in a lot of pain. He's a tough guy and you'd never even know it until the doctor kind of jumped in. He'll get this fixed and he'll be back.''

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