Rich Seubert visits Giants facility

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Rich Seubert was driving back from the city after a visit to the doctor when he decided to make a pit stop at the New York Giants practice facility on Wednesday afternoon.

The veteran guard decided to take advantage of the second day of the lifted lockout to say hello to some old friends.

Unlike teammate Chris Canty, who was able to work out in the weight room on Tuesday, Seubert only chatted with coaches, trainers and staff members and caught up on life while staying away from any discussion about football or his right knee injury which required surgery to repair his MCL, patella tendon and a hole in the cartilage of his kneecap.

Seubert says one of the hardest things about the labor strife is not being able to communicate with so many friends who work for the Giants.

"That is the weirdest part," Seubert said at the Giants' TIMEX Performance Center. "The equipment guys, the video guys, the trainers, I spent more time with those guys than I do with my wife for the last 10 years. That's the hardest part, you can't go get dinner, can't grab a beer somewhere or just hang out.

"That is why I came in today, to make sure to come and say hi to those guys and see how their families are doing and make sure everything is going all right."

As of the early afternoon, Seubert was one of three Giants to visit the facility, joining Brandon Jacobs and Rocky Bernard.

There might have been more Giants had they been allowed to use the team's weight room like Canty did the day before. Unlike many other teams, the Giants allowed their players to use the weight room and talk to coaches.

But the Giants announced on Tuesday night that they were closing their weight room and training room to any visiting players until there's a resolution to the NFL appeal to the court's ruling to lift the lockout.

Also, players can talk to staff members but were not to discuss football or any football-related business.

On Tuesday, Jacobs, Canty and Mario Manningham stopped by and talked to coaches.

Seubert said he caught up with coaches but didn't talk any football. He did wish a happy birthday to offensive line coach Pat Flaherty and caught up with trainers on how their families are doing.

He said his injury never came up until talking to reporters. Seubert underwent an MRI on Wednesday morning and he said he got a good report from the doctor.

"I feel better than I thought I would be feeling right now," said Seubert, who had surgery on Jan. 4 and is currently rehabbing his injury with Matt Gibble of EXCEL physical therapy. "We'll see how it goes. I still got to build up my leg muscles and maybe by June I can start jogging and see how it feels."

"I have been through this before and I kind of know what to expect," added Seubert, who suffered three fractures in his right leg in 2003 and missed the entire 2004 season. "Build the muscles up and start jogging and hopefully the swelling stays out of it and push a little harder every day. The broken leg [in 2003] had a bunch of complications, stuff was going wrong. This is fixed. I am just excited I got a good report from the doc today."

Seubert has heard how the Giants could draft an offensive lineman in the first round on Thursday night. The Giants may take a tackle with USC's Tyron Smith, Boston College's Anthony Castonzo, Wisconsin's Gabe Carimi and Colorado's Nate Solder all potential prospects at No. 19. Florida center/guard Mike Pouncey also could be an option as well.

"That's fine," Seubert said. "The more, the merrier. It's competition. We will see what happens. Hopefully whoever we draft, whatever position it is, hopefully he can come in and help us win."

Seubert is just looking forward to getting back on the field when he's fully recovered and hanging out with friends and staff members he has known since joining the team in 2001.

"It is like limbo," Seubert said. "Who knows. I came in today, said hi to those guys. We didn't talk any football, we didn't talk about my injury, we basically said hi and caught up on our lives. We also have lives and we have friends and if somebody told you, you couldn't talk to your friends from the last how long ... it's weird."

Ohm Youngmisuk covers the Giants for ESPNNewYork.com.