EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Veteran offensive tackle David Diehl is back in the New York Giants' starting lineup, except it wasn't the way he wanted.
Diehl was thrust back into the front line in the fourth quarter of Monday night's 17-16 loss to the Washington Redskins when Sean Locklear suffered a major knee injury that will sideline him for the rest of the season.
Locklear had been one of the most productive free-agent acquisitions this season. Signed to back up Will Beatty and Diehl at the tackle positions, he started nine games. Two came on the left side because Beatty had back problems early, and seven on the right side after Diehl had an early knee injury and then a shoulder problem.
Locklear played so well, that some wondered whether the 30-year-old Diehl might lose his job to the injuries.
That's not an issue anymore with Locklear on injured reserve. Diehl is back and excited to be playing in the stretch run as the Giants (7-5) look to nail down their second straight NFC East title.