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Giants expect O'Hara to return for Eagles game

After six weeks taking snaps from Rich Seubert no one could blame Giants quarterback Eli Manning for lining up behind No. 69 in today's pivotal NFC East game against Philadelphia.

Seubert, however, promises to be back at his old left guard spot. "I told Eli to take the snaps from the shortest guy on the line," the 6-foot-3 Seubert said.

"Funny how Rich towers over me," said 6-foot-3 Shaun O'Hara, who should return to center against the Eagles after missing the past six games because of a foot injury.

O'Hara practiced on a limited basis Friday and is listed as questionable. All indications are, however, he will start the game that could determine the winner in the NFC East.

"He's been waiting for this for a long time, it's not fun watching," Seubert said. "It's not fun sitting on the bike waiting to get back. We've been poking him in the ribs a little bit here and there just to welcome him back on the offensive line."

O'Hara's return will mean the Giants' normal starting five with guard Chris Snee and tackles David Diehl and Kareem McKenzie will be together for the first time since the Oct. 25 game in Dallas and only the fourth time this season.

Tom Coughlin said final determination on O'Hara will depend on how the lineman feels. But the coach sounds like he's ready to switch Seubert, who has played well at center, back to left guard where Kevin Boothe has been playing.