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Rich Seubert has battled through an undisclosed shoulder injury this season. The Giants’ starting left guard hasn’t missed a game, leaving only one game early — the Week 3 victory over the Buccaneers.

Seubert’s name hasn’t appeared on the injury report for much of this season, but that doesn’t mean his shoulder is fine. Much as he doesn’t like to talk about the injury, he prefers not to be listed. Plus, he doesn’t doubt he’ll play each week.

“It feels good. I’m out there playing,” Seubert said. “I’m an O-linemen. I’ve been through worse. Something isn’t going to keep me out until the coaches say I can’t play anymore.”

Said Diehl of the Wisconsin native, “That’s the type of guy Richie is. He’s a tough, Midwestern, cheese-eating, tough guy.”

Seubert still feels badly about when he “tapped out” in Tampa.

“It hurts,” he said of the decision to leave the game. “But we’ve found out ways to strap (the shoulder) in better.”

Still, Seubert’s been undoubtedly hampered by the injury. Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride has noticed the 30-year-old Seubert’s “punch” — the initial blow he delivers — hasn’t been quite the same, especially with his right (injured) arm. Seubert didn’t entirely agree with that assessment, though both he and Gilbride said his limitations in the weight room have affected his strength.

The injury, then, won’t improve until the offseason when Seubert might undergo surgery.

“You’re gradually wearing down and you’re losing strength. It’s not getting better and you are worsening it every week,” Gilbride said. “I don’t want to make it a sob story, but he has my admiration the way he fights through that stuff.”

Nor would Seubert want Gilbride to shed a tear.

“No, that’s right,” said a laughing Gilbride, who also noted: “He won’t even mention it. He doesn’t want to talk about it. Let’s just move on.”

Which brings us to Monday night and Seubert’s rematch with Haynesworth, who is battling an ankle injury that has sidelined him for three of the past four games. In Week 1, Seubert had more strength in his shoulder and was able to battle Haynesworth. This time, he’ll have less strength but the same amount of courage — though perhaps he’ll need more.

“It’s fun,” he said of facing Haynesworth.

It’s fun?

“Yeah,” Seubert replied. “He’s supposed to be one of the top D-tackles in the league. Why wouldn’t you want to go out there and try to do your best against the best?”

Gilbride admits he didn’t think Seubert’s best would be good enough the first time around. He said the team had plans to help Seubert with double-team and chip blocks, but once they saw he could handle Haynesworth, they allowed him to battle the $100 million man 1-on-1.

“More often than not, he was on his own and Richie just hung in there,” Gilbride said. “The guy is incredible. He plays with such heart and determination. It really is inspiring to watch him.”

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