The New York Giants are already thin along their offensive line, as the team will start to rely on youngsters James Brewer and Jim Cordle to provide depth or maybe even take on a starting role in 2013. Regardless, the Giants need to be healthy up front to have a successful rebound season after failing to make the playoffs for the third time in four seasons in 2012. Today, Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reported that center David Baas has had another surgery this offseason, this time on his elbow.
Earlier in the offseason, head coach Tom Coughlin said that Baas had received surgery "on his body" since the conclusion of 2012. However, Coughlin would not reveal the specific location of the procedure. This time around, Baas had bone spurs removed from his elbow.
Although Baas is not currently participating in the team's voluntary offseason workout program, he is fully expected to recover in time to be ready for training camp. While it's concerning that Baas is still experiencing the effects of last season, his availability for 2013 is not in question.
Baas did experience nagging hip, shoulder, ankle and hand injuries in 2012, and his durability has been an issue for the majority of his time with Big Blue. When healthy, he's a physical force on the interior offensive line and is an above average staring center in the NFL. If he can stay healthy in 2013, the Giants offensive line may turn into a pleasant surprise next season.
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