Shaun O'Hara to have Achilles surgery

Updated: March 1, 2011, 10:58 PM ET
By Ohm Youngmisuk | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- New York Giants center Shaun O'Hara will undergo surgery in two weeks to clean out his ankle and Achilles.

At the moment, O'Hara has his right foot in a walking boot after surgery he recently had to place a couple of screws in to stabilize a joint so a ligament can heal after he suffered from a Lisfranc injury during the season.

O'Hara, who played in just six games last season due to injuries to his foot and Achilles, says he will be ready to play when training camp begins.

"They basically told me I probably won't start running until mid-May," said O'Hara, who was in New York City on Tuesday at Brian Leonard's charity bowling event to benefit the Embrace Kids Foundation, which benefits children with cancer and blood disorders. "The one thing they assured me is I will be 100 percent healthy for training camp."

The Giants' center position has been decimated by injuries. O'Hara, Rich Seubert (dislocated kneecap) and Adam Koets (ACL) are all coming off surgeries and coach Tom Coughlin said last week that the position is an area of concern entering the draft. The Giants draft 19th overall in the first round.

"I understand that they need somebody there that can take snaps at center if we do have OTA's and minicamp," O'Hara said. "They haven't expressed any concern to me about me being ready for the season. I will be back to my normal self and I still feel like I have good football left in me."

The only question in O'Hara's mind is when there will be football to be played. The Giants' NFL players association representative is ready to fight for a new and fair deal for the players.

"Basically at this point we are heading for a lockout," O'Hara said. "It is going to happen. I think we have been preparing for it. I am not worried about it and I don't think the players are worried about it. It is not a surprise at this point.

"I think we are ready for it and prepared and I think we are OK with it as players because we realize that at this point in time, any deal that gets done over the next couple of days is probably going to be a bad deal for the players."

Ohm Youngmisuk covers the Giants for ESPNNewYork.com. Follow him on Twitter.

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