The most disappointing season of David Baas’ career ended today when the Giants’ center was placed on injured reserve after hurting his knee Monday night in a victory over the Minnesota Vikings.

“It’s very frustrating to say the least” Baas said. “You work so hard. We said we can’t catch a break.”

Baas had just returned to action after missing the previous three games with a neck injury.

“I was jacked up” Baas said. “I almost had to calm myself down because I was over there taking a couple of snaps with Eli (Manning) and I sent one sailing over his head. That’s all I wanted. That’s what you work for especially on a Monday night game where you’re so excited to get back and help your team win and you have that confidence that you were going to win. You just go out there and play your heart out and things happen.”

Baas was hurt on the last offensive snap of the game’s opening series a 17-play drive that consumed 9:36 and ended with a Josh Brown field goal. He hasn’t seen the tape but was told what happened.

“The doctors showed me that a linebacker whipped into my leg or something like that” Baas said. “I didn’t even know that it was almost a touchdown catch (by Hakeem Nicks). I had no idea because I got hit and obviously went down to the ground and then got back up and limped off.

“You kind of know right away when you get that feeling. I was hoping it wasn’t anything worse but it’s definitely bad enough to where it’s come to this.”

Baas is the second starting offensive lineman to go on injured reserve this season. Longtime right guard Chris Snee was placed on I.R. with a hip injury on Oct. 4.