Giants center David Baas has battled injuries all season, but after missing three games with a neck injury, he returned to play vs. the Vikings on Monday night. Unfortunately for Baas and his team, he injured his knee, and on Wednesday, the Giants placed him on the IR list.
“It's very frustrating, to say the least,” Baas said, via the Giants official site. “You work so hard. ... I was jacked up. I almost had to calm myself down, because I was over there taking a couple of snaps with Eli [Manning] and I sent one sailing over his head. That's all I wanted. That's what you work for, especially on a Monday night game where you're so excited to get back and help your team win and you have that confidence that you were going to win. You just go out there and play your heart out and things happen.”
Baas was hurt on the final play of the opening series when, as his team tells him (he hasn't watched the game film), that one of the Vikings linebackers whipped into this leg. Baas joins guard Chris Snee as the other Giants starting offensive linemen to go on IR so far this season.
With David Baas on IR, Giants have $19.9M in cap dollars on IR, NFL-high 16.1% of adj cap num. Patriots have most cap dollars on IR ($20.6M)— Brian McIntyre (@brian_mcintyre) October 23, 2013
Making matters more frustrating for Baas is that he had multiple surgeries in the offseason, but he injured his knee in the preseason, and between that and his neck, he just can't get and stay healthy.
“Obviously, you can't really predict with guys being thrown under your legs and things happen like that, but you've got to stay positive,” Baas said. “You've got to move on. You've got to get healthy again. That's all I've ever known is if something happens, you just work hard at getting back to the best you can, get closest to 100 percent as possible, and that's what I've got to do again. It's just an obstacle in the road, but we can get by it. It's tough to deal with it, but that's part of life and it's part of this game.”
Jim Cordlewill replace Baas at center.
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