After spending the past two days in the hospital due to a toe infection, Giants center Shaun O’Hara was released and practiced with the team Thursday.
“A hospital is no place for a professional athlete to spend 40 hours staring at a wall,” O’Hara said. “So I was happy to get out of there. But they took every precaution. I can’t sit here and say it wasn’t serious, but it wasn’t life threatening by any means. So it is something that I have been kind of dealing with for the last couple of weeks and it just kind of flared up before the game and got worse. So we wanted to just kind of nip it in the bud and make sure it doesn’t become an issue later on.”
O’Hara even took every snap during Thursday’s practice, giving the Giants hope that he will be able to play Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. But the Giants were a bit more worried when the infection first set in.
“He was hospitalized because they wanted to make sure they got the infection taken care of right away without any lingering problems,” said Giants head coach Tom Coughlin. “So that is why they did that. And they kept him an extra day, to be honest with you.”
If O’Hara couldn’t play Sunday, the Giants would turn to veteran Grey Ruegamer. But the signs for O’Hara, for now, are encouraging.