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Next Man Up for Giants O-Line


Tom Coughlin said center David Baas was undergoing tests to determine the source and the seriousness of headaches that prevented him from suiting up yesterday.

"He is going to spend a great deal of today with various medical people in trying to decide that," Coughlin said.

After Baas was unable to play on short notice, Kevin Boothe moved from left guard to center and Mitch Petrus saw the first extensive action of his career as the starter at guard. Coughlin praised both players today.

"There is an example right here of a guy who was ready when the opportunity came," Coughlin said. "When he came to the stadium, I don't know if Mitch Petrus knew if he was going to dress, but not only was he going to dress but he is now starting at left guard and plays the entire football game. It wasn't perfect, but you see his power, you see his ability and you see him up against some really good defensive people who are really big, sizeable defensive linemen. He plays well against them and I like his attitude and the way he went about it. There were no big eyes or anything, he just went to work. He trusted himself, he trusted his preparation. You know now that he does prepare and when given the opportunity, he played well.

"The other guy is Boothe. How do you not recognize what this guy has done? Whatever you ask him to do, he does it. With five minutes notice or with no notice, he just goes and plays. I said to him that there was one time that you notice where Eli was bobbling the snap when he was up under the center and then he threw a 67-yard touchdown pass, so I would take the bobble if the result was going to be that every time."

Coughlin said offensive lineman Stacy Andrews will not play again this season. Andrews was hospitalized Saturday with a pulmonary embolism in each lung. "It is a very, very serious medical condition," Coughlin said.

Coughlin did not say who will take his roster spot.

The Giants had to adjust some offensive plans when Andrews was unable to play.

"Because Stacy worked all week as the big tight end and we had him in all of those blocking formations as the big tight end," Coughlin said. "Then when we lost him it was a question of who's active offensively, to be honest with you, and then it was a question of how are we going to maintain these different formations. And if we do, is it better to utilize the tight ends now? And that's what happens. So now (Henry) Hynoski becomes someone who's really important because Bear (Pascoe) can play some of the tight end spots. It became a numbers game."

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