EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Shaun O'Hara said focusing on a different part of his injured left foot and ankle has produced much better results, and could have him back on the field in two days.
"We haven't had anything to lead us to believe this would be season ending," O'Hara said.
Monday afternoon, without the boot he has worn on and off for the last month, O'Hara said that a visit to Dr. Martin O'Malley with the Hospital for Special Surgery last Thursday produced better results. He said a cortisone shot in his bursa, rather than treatments to combat Achilles tendinitis, has alleviated some of his pain.
The bursa is a fluid-filled sac which helps cushion a joint. Prior to the cortisone injection there, O'Hara had injections -- including platelet-rich plasma therapy -- as part of the tendinitis diagnosis. O'Hara said he didn't get much relief from those treatments.
As it stands, the Giants center hopes to practice on Wednesday. Coach Tom Coughlin said it was good to see O'Hara walking without pain, but that the decision to have him practice will ultimately depend on the team doctors.
Even if he doesn't go Wednesday, O'Hara is glad to see improvement after missing the last two games with the injury.
"This was testing me on a daily basis," O'Hara said. "And I tried everything I could to relieve the pain and it just wasn't going away. I just decided that I would play with it and deal with it, and I think after the Indy game we realized I couldn't do that every week it wasn't going to be good for me, it wasn't going to be good for the team. I'm just encouraged with where we're at and with the progress I've made, even in the last five days. And hopefully I can put it behind me."
O'Hara first started getting treatment for the pain in training camp. Against Tennessee and Chicago, Adam Koets played at center for the Giants. Clearly, the Giants want O'Hara back, but a prescription of rest would have been more time consuming than O'Hara wanted. He tried to play instead, and admitted that could have bothered it even more.
"I'm sure a lot of guys who play on Sunday probably shouldn't," O'Hara said.
He joked that he should get medical school credits for all his newfound knowledge.
"In a couple of years I'll be a doctor," O'Hara said with a laugh. I'm trying to be Doogie Howser."