Giants center O'Hara backs out of Pro Bowl

Somehow Shaun O’Hara was named to the Pro Bowl despite missing 10 games this season because of ankle and foot issues.

Now, he’ll back out of the all-star game in order to undergo surgery to repair a problem with his Achilles tendon that plagued him the entire season, according to Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger. Per the report, he has a bone spur near the top of the ankle that will be removed. It sounds similar to an issue that plagued Chicago Bears center Olin Kreutz last year and required him to go through a lengthy rehabilitation process.

Veteran Giants guard Rich Seubert already faces a long road back. He suffered a dislocated kneecap that led to patella tendon and ligament damage. New York could be seeking some younger reinforcements for the interior of the line.

According to Garafolo, Carolina Panthers center Ryan Kalil will replace O’Hara on the NFC’s Pro Bowl roster.

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