Giants get good news on Geoff Schwartz

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants announced Tuesday that left guard Geoff Schwartz, who dislocated his right big toe in Friday night's preseason game, would be in a walking boot for seven to 10 days and then begin rehabbing the injury.

"After that," the team's news release said, "he will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis regarding his ability to return to football activities."

This qualifies as good news on Schwartz, as there had been some fear he could be lost for a period of months or perhaps the entire season if surgery was required. He'll obviously miss the regular-season opener, which is only 13 days away, and likely at least another game or two after that. But Tuesday's news is based on Monday's examination in Charlotte by Dr. Robert Anderson and gives Schwartz and the Giants hope that he could return at some point early in the season.

"This is just a minor setback," Schwartz said in a statement released by the team. "I plan on attacking the rehab program so I can get back on the field as soon as possible with my teammates and help us win games."

In the meantime, rookie Weston Richburg has taken over at left guard. It's possible Richburg could make that spot his own during Schwartz's absence and that Schwartz could be asked to play right guard upon his return. The Giants have struggled at right guard since Chris Snee retired just before camp. Brandon Mosley had been playing there but has missed the past two days of practice with a back injury, and John Jerry is handling the spot this week.