EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants are heading to Kansas City with the most inexperienced offensive line in Tom Coughlin's tenure as coach.
Coughlin announced Friday that four-time Pro Bowl guard Chris Snee and center David Baas are listed as out for the game against the undefeated Chiefs (3-0) along with cornerback Corey Webster.
Snee has a hip problem, though not the same one he had surgically repaired in the offseason. Baas, who missed the season opener with a knee injury, has a neck problem. He hurt it against Denver on Sept. 15 and aggravated it last week in a 38-0 loss to Carolina that dropped New York to 0-3.
The left side of the line stays the same, with Will Beatty at tackle and Kevin Boothe at guard. The rest of the line has a total of five starts, including three by rookie right tackle Justin Pugh.
Third-year player Jim Cordle probably will make his first NFL start, replacing Baas. James Brewer, who got his first career start in the season opener when Boothe filled in for Baas, is expected to take over for Snee.
"I don't think there is any intimidation, or anything like that," Pugh said. "I think the guys are ready. All these guys who are going to play have been here for a while. Brewer and Cordle both were here when they won the Super Bowl, so they know what it takes to have a good offensive line. I think it's something we'll be good with."
Baas said he would be willing to make the trip just to coach Cordle on the sideline.
"Whatever they want me to do," Baas said. "But guys have to step up and perform when they are called upon."
Neither Cordle nor Brewer came into the locker room to talk after Friday's practice.
There is an outside chance 11-year veteran David Diehl might play this weekend. He had thumb surgery six weeks ago and returned to practice on a limited basis this week. He has been listed as doubtful.
The strength of the line will obviously be the left side with Beatty and Boothe having been starters the past two seasons. Expect a tight end and the running back to help the right side, with the goal being giving Manning enough time to throw.
He certainly didn't have it last week.
Since taking over the Giants in 2004, Coughlin has never had to put his trust in such in inexperienced group. The closest was his first year. Snee won the right guard job as a rookie and Diehl was moved to right tackle in his second season after starting 16 games at right guard as a rookie.
What's even more concerning is that the Giants allowed seven sacks last weekend in a 38-0 loss to Carolina and they face linebacker Justin Houston this week. He leads the NFL with 7 1/2 sacks, including 4 1/2 against Philadelphia in the last game.
Receiver Victor Cruz believes the offense will respond this week, despite the injuries.
"This organization brought people in and recruited guys to come in here and be a valued part of this team," Cruz said Friday after practice. "We have to put trust in our offensive line that they will give Eli enough time. Those guys, they have been in this offense. Pugh probably has the least experience. Everybody has been in it, understands it and knows what is expected of them. We have to put trust in our team, trust in our offensive line, and we as receivers have to stay sharp and understand what we have to do to get ourselves open and give Eli some outlets."
Safety Ryan Mundy said the defense need to pick up the whole team, not just the offense.
"Those are our teammates, it's not offense-defense or special teams," he said. "It's the New York Giants. We represent each other. If one group is down we need to go out there and play that much harder because the tables may turn. You never know. We're behind our guys 100 percent. We have full confidence whoever steps out on that field."
NOTES: This will be the second straight game Webster has missed with a hip injury. Aaron Ross started for him last week and had an interception. He also was beaten on two touchdown passes by Cam Newton. ... LB Jacquain Williams (knee) is questionable for Sunday, while LB Spencer Paysinger, CB Terrell Thomas and DL Justin Trattou (ankle) are probable.
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