Shaun O'Hara inactive against Titans

Updated: September 26, 2010, 5:55 PM ET
By Ian Begley | Special to

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Giants center Shaun O'Hara has been ruled inactive for Sunday's game against Tennessee with left ankle and left Achilles injuries.

Backup Adam Koets will replace O'Hara. Koets, a fourth-year pro drafted by the Giants in 2007, is making his first career start. O'Hara missed three practices this week, so his absence against the Titans was expected.

O'Hara initially had swelling in his ankle and then developed an Achilles injury in the preseason.

The 11-year veteran wore a boot earlier this week to protect the ailment.

O'Hara said earlier this season that he would monitor the injury throughout the season so there is a concern that it will continue to flare up. O'Hara, 33, also predicted that he'd have to periodically miss practice to minimize the swelling and pain associated with the injury.

O'Hara's status for the Giants matchup against Chicago next Sunday night is unclear. Though it's worth noting that he'll essentially have two weeks to rest the injury before the Bears game.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin said on Thursday that it would be "tough" for O'Hara to play without practicing on a regular basis. Ahmad Bradshaw played with limited practice during the week last season. Plaxico Burress did the same in 2007.

"It's tough, it's hard," Coughlin said Thursday. "There are people that have done it. Plaxico did it that year. And Bradshaw did it. But there is always something missing from your game when that happens. You need the work."

Coughlin said that it's imperative to have the starting center in practices throughout the season.

"The quarterback identifies a lot of the calls and he echoes them up front. But [O'Hara] is in the center of it, obviously. And he is the guy. So that is a pivotal position and you need to see it with regard to the speed aspect -- not just in meetings," the coach said.

Koets took snaps at center during practice on Thursday and Friday.

Coughlin said on Friday that O'Hara's status wouldn't affect the Giants' approach on offense.

"This is what we've prepared for and Koets has played in there before," the Giants coach said Friday. "He's played in there with big people on his nose and done a good job."

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