The one big free-agent addition the Giants made to their offensive line now won’t be available until midseason. Geoff Schwartz, who signed a four-year, $16.8 million deal with the Giants in March, is now out of action until at least Nov. 3 after the Giants placed him on the injured reserve/designated-to-return list on Wednesday. To replace him, they signed guard Adam Snyder, a 10-year veteran who spent most of his career with the 49ers. Schwartz, 28, was supposed to be the centerpiece of the Giants’ rebuilding project along a line that was a disaster last season. But he dislocated his right big toe against the Jets on Aug. 22 and was carted off the field. After it was revealed that Schwartz didn’t need surgery, the Giants were hopeful that he’d miss only about a month. But his estimated recovery time was apparently a lot longer than that. “It’s a major disappointment I’ll be out for a while,” Schwartz said via Twitter. “This gives me plenty of time to recover to be ready for the Giants playoff push!” Schwartz will be eligible to return to practice in six weeks — on Oct. 15. He will be first eligible to play on Monday night, Nov. 3, when the Giants host the Colts.
Though the 6-6, 325-pound Snyder could eventually push for the starting left guard job in Schwartz’s absence, it is believed it will be filled by rookie Weston Richburg when the Giants open the season on Monday night in Detroit. Snyder started four games at left guard for the 49ers last season. He was cut after training camp this summer. CHASING FAME A win on Monday night would be Tom Coughlin’s 171st, which would break a 14th-place tie on the all-time list of coaching victories with Hall of Famer Paul Brown. “I have tremendous respect for Coach Brown and the accomplishments he had, what he did with both the Browns and the Bengals franchises and the quality of the individual that he was in terms of doing exactly what he wanted to do,” Coughlin said on a conference call with the Detroit media on Wednesday. “And being advanced in the game in terms of the way in which he operated a messenger system, etc., (it was ) before its time. So (he was) an innovator certainly, and (I have) great respect for Coach Brown.”