Last season made it clear a long career in the NFL is beginning to take a tole on David Diehl's body. He struggled to play at the high level he is used to, and now the New York Giants offensive lineman admits injuries played a large roll in last season's poor production.
Diehl appeared as a guest on Sirius XM Radio's NFL talk show when he admitted he playing through injuries kept his from playing as well as he's accustomed to.
"But am I the only NFL athlete that plays through injuries? Absolutely not," he said this morning on SiriusXM NFL Radio's Opening Drive. "That’s part of playing the game and part of being an offensive lineman. You want to be tough. You’ve got to be a tough guy and you’ve got to fight through injuries. Was I healed when I was playing? Absolutely not. But what NFL player is out there playing at full health. I think the only time you’re really 100 percent is the day before training camp. From that point on you’re doing whatever you can to maintain your body."
The knee injury originally occurred in week three of the season against the Carolina Panthers, and required arthroscopic surgery shortly after their season ended. The 32-year-old veteran plans to rehab at the TIMEX Performance Center, and expects to be ready by the start of offseason workouts.
Diehl appeared to have played every position on the offensive line last season (save center), and at one point he lost his starting job to Sean Locklear, who proved to be more reliable until he too was sidelined by injuries. He has been a staple for the Giants' offensive line his entire career and will look to come back strong this season to prove he still has what it takes to compete as a starter in the NFL.
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