Giants C David Baas Placed On IR
By Allen Kim
Add another body to the list of casualties from Week 7. New York Giants C David Baas has been placed on injured reserve (IR) with a knee injury, and he’ll be joining fellow offensive lineman Chris Snee on IR.
Baas was injured on the Giants’ opening drive against the Minnesota Vikings. He had just returned to the lineup after a three-game absence due to a neck injury, and it’s a tough break for the 32-year-old center.
“The doctors showed me that a linebacker whipped into my leg or something like that,” Baas said. “I didn’t even know that it was almost a touchdown catch (by Hakeem Nicks). I had no idea, because I got hit and obviously went down to the ground and then got back up and limped off.
“You kind of know right away when you get that feeling. I was hoping it wasn’t anything worse, but it’s definitely bad enough to where it’s come to this.”
Baas will likely require surgery to repair his MCL.
“This is similar (to the preseason injury),” said Baas. “It’s worse, though. I’m just thankful my ACL is intact because I would have been really ticked off. It’s tough. As corny as it sounds, you get knocked down, but you’ve got to get back up every time.”
Jim Cordle, who has been filling in for Baas, has now been permanently elevated to the starting lineup with Baas gone for the year.
“That’s what you live for,” Baas said. “Obviously, there’s things that happen and you’re a man about it and you realize that’s a part of the business, but you don’t think about (not playing) right now. That may come down the road and I’m smart enough to be prepared for that, but as of right now, I’m just worried about getting healthy and getting to a point where I can play and play at a very high level again.”
Baas has two years and $9.75 million left on his contract. With injuries for the veteran lineman piling up, he could be forced to take a pay cut and restructure his contract.