Archive: Giants

Giants Add J. McDougle

The New York Giants signed defensive end Jerome McDougle. He'd been released by the Philadelphia Eagles and gives the Giants additional depth at defensive end behind new starters Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka. They're replacing the retired Michael Strahan and the injured Osi Umenyiora. The Giants also have veteran...

 

By Mark Maske | August 31, 2008; 09:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giants Keep Only Two QBs, Add J. Carney to Kick

The New York Giants kept only two quarterbacks on their 53-man roster, with David Carr backing up Eli Manning. They released both Anthony Wright and rookie Andre Woodson today. The Giants could attempt to re-sign Woodson to the practice squad. The Giants also signed kicker John Carney. He will...

 

By Mark Maske | August 30, 2008; 04:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

No Brady or E. Manning in Less-Than-Super Rematch

It's a Super Bowl rematch minus the Super Bowl quarterbacks. The Patriots' Tom Brady and the Giants' Eli Manning have been withheld from the preseason finale tonight. Brady had said this week he'd hoped to play after being sidelined by a sore right foot. Instead, Coach Bill Belichick decided...

 

By Mark Maske | August 28, 2008; 07:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Don't Weep Too Much For Giants

The New York Giants lost Osi Umenyiora to a season-ending knee injury over the weekend and were rejected Tuesday by fellow defensive end Michael Strahan, who decided to remain in retirement after being contacted by the Giants about the possibility of returning to replace Umenyiora. But no one should...

 

By Mark Maske | August 27, 2008; 08:47 AM ET | Comments (10)

Strahan Rejects Giants, Will Remain Retired

Michael Strahan told Fox that he will remain retired and won't return to the New York Giants. Strahan works for the network as an NFL analyst. "This has been one of the toughest nights of my life," Strahan told the network's website. "But after long deliberation and throwing around...

 

By Mark Maske | August 26, 2008; 06:21 PM ET | Comments (10)

Giants Facing Tough Task to Convince Strahan to Return

People within the league are skeptical that the New York Giants will be able to lure Michael Strahan out of retirement. The Giants launched talks with Strahan after learning Sunday that fellow defensive end Osi Umenyiora suffered a season-ending knee injury during a preseason game Saturday night. It was...

 

By Mark Maske | August 26, 2008; 09:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

Giants Move Kiwanuka to Defensive End, Open Talks With Strahan

The New York Giants have moved Mathias Kiwanuka back to defensive end and reportedly have begun discussions with Michael Strahan about the possibility of him coming out of retirement. Both developments come in reaction to the Giants learning Sunday that defensive end Osi Umenyiora would miss the entire season...

 

By Mark Maske | August 25, 2008; 04:09 PM ET | Comments (7)

Strahan Reportedly Would Consider Return For Right Price

It was thought when Michael Strahan retired in the offseason that the New York Giants could have lured the defensive end back for one more season with an offer of $8 million. Strahan had been scheduled to earn $4 million this season, and the Giants weren't willing at the...

 

By Mark Maske | August 25, 2008; 08:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

More on Umenyiora's Injury And Strahan's Possible Return

It is cartilage, not ligament, damage in the left knee of Osi Umenyiora that is ending the season of the New York Giants defensive end. Coach Tom Coughlin said in a conference call with reporters that today's MRI exam showed a torn lateral meniscus. According to Coughlin, Umenyiora is...

 

By Mark Maske | August 24, 2008; 06:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Don't Forget Strahan

Brett Favre has already un-retired. How about Michael Strahan? The New York Giants likely need help at defensive end now that Osi Umenyiora probably will have to undergo season-ending knee surgery. The Giants do have depth at the position. They have Justin Tuck penciled in to become a fulltime...

 

By Mark Maske | August 24, 2008; 03:31 PM ET | Comments (2)

Umenyiora's Season Appears Done

The knee injury suffered by Osi Umenyiora on Saturday night probably will keep the New York Giants defensive end sidelined all season, a source said. Umenyiora suffered ligament damage that likely will require surgery and three to four months of rehabilitation, according to the source. The damage was revealed...

 

By Mark Maske | August 24, 2008; 03:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Still Awaiting Word on Severity of Umenyiora's Knee Injury

There's no word yet on the results of the MRI scheduled to be taken today of the left knee of New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora. Umenyiora left Saturday night's preseason game against the New York Jets at Giants Stadium with an injury to the knee. The Giants...

 

By Mark Maske | August 24, 2008; 01:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giants' Umenyiora Hurts Knee

The Washington Redskins aren't the only NFC East team with a major concern tonight about a knee injury to a standout pass-rushing defensive end. Osi Umenyiora of the New York Giants has been taken from the field on a cart after hurting his left knee during a preseason game...

 

By Mark Maske | August 23, 2008; 09:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Kicker Troubles For Giants

New York Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes underwent exploratory knee surgery today. The initial indications are that Tynes does not have a season-ending injury, as the team had feared. The Giants announced that the procedure revealed no structural damage and Tynes will continue to treat the soreness in his left...

 

By Mark Maske | August 22, 2008; 01:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Super Bowl-Winning QB Is Now No. 2 in His Own Town

Just a thought as the New York Giants play on Monday Night Football: Has a quarterback ever won a Super Bowl and had his stature in the city in which he plays diminished almost immediately? It has happened to Eli Manning. And he probably couldn't be happier about it....

 

By Mark Maske | August 18, 2008; 09:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

P. Burress on Practice Field With Giants

Wide receiver Plaxico Burress participated in the New York Giants' evening practice in Albany, N.Y. Burress participated in individual drills but reportedly did not practice at full speed. He had not been practicing since the start of training camp because of an ankle injury....

 

By Mark Maske | August 12, 2008; 08:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

P. Burress Still Sitting Out Giants' Practices

Wide receiver Plaxico Burress continues to sit out the New York Giants' practices. The problem is said to be Burress's ailing ankle, not discontent over not getting the new contract he wants. The Giants have remained relatively patient because Burress didn't practice last season and still produced in games....

 

By Mark Maske | August 11, 2008; 11:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Pennington Chase Under Way

CLEVELAND--A half-dozen teams are said to have expressed interest in just-released Jets quarterback Chad Pennington. An NFL source said that Pennington's representatives had heard from the Chiefs, Bills, Raiders, Panthers, Dolphins and Giants. The Chiefs were an obvious suitor because they're coached by former Jets coach Herman Edwards. The...

 

By Mark Maske | August 7, 2008; 10:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Burress's Contract Now Giants' Major Concern

Now that disgruntled tight end Jeremy Shockey has been traded, the remaining headache for the New York Giants is the contract status of wide receiver Plaxico Burress. Burress has been seeking a new contract and expressed optimism at one point during the offseason that a deal was about to...

 

By Mark Maske | July 23, 2008; 01:19 PM ET | Comments (3)

K. Phillips In Fold With Giants

Safety Kenny Phillips, the final pick of the first round of the NFL draft in April, agreed to a five-year contract with the New York Giants worth about $11.15 million. Seven of the 31 first-rounders league-wide have agreed to contracts....

 

By Mark Maske | July 23, 2008; 11:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

Reassessing the NFC East

The NFC East underwent significant changes the previous two days because of trades, with the Redskins obtaining defensive end Jason Taylor and the Giants getting rid of tight end Jeremy Shockey. The moves might call into question the Giants' presumed status as the main challenger to the Cowboys in...

 

By Mark Maske | July 22, 2008; 10:07 AM ET | Comments (3)

Giants Agree to Trade Shockey to Saints

The Jeremy Shockey trade is done. The New York Giants have agreed to trade the tight end to the New Orleans Saints for second- and fifth-round draft picks next year. Shockey leaves the Giants after six seasons and 371 catches. He was selected to four Pro Bowls but his...

 

By Mark Maske | July 21, 2008; 03:25 PM ET | Comments (6)

Saints Trying to Complete Shockey Trade

The New Orleans Saints are attempting to complete a trade for New York Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey, an NFL source said. The Saints have been in pursuit of Shockey since before the NFL draft in April but the two teams have been unable to agree to draft-choice compensation....

 

By Mark Maske | July 21, 2008; 02:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

NFL Network Replaces Gumbel With Giants Broadcaster

The NFL Network has announced the hiring of Bob Papa as its new play-by-play announcer. Papa, the radio voice of the New York Giants since 1995, replaces the departed Bryant Gumbel in the NFL Network booth alongside game analyst Cris Collinsworth....

 

By Mark Maske | July 16, 2008; 11:27 AM ET | Comments (2)

Key NFL Question No. 3: Can the Giants Repeat?

My thought: Sure, they can. But they won't. Few would argue that the Giants were the NFL's best team last season. The Patriots were, and three or four other AFC clubs probably were also better than the Giants over the course of the entire season. But the Giants got...

 

By Mark Maske | July 9, 2008; 07:39 PM ET | Comments (28)

Giants to Sell Seat Licenses at New Stadium

The New York Giants have announced that they will sell personal seat licenses for tickets at their new stadium, scheduled to open in 2010. The licenses will cost $1,000 to $20,000 per seat depending on location, according to the team. The Giants are building the $1.6 billion stadium at...

 

By Mark Maske | June 27, 2008; 01:38 PM ET | Comments (2)

Extension For Giants' Snee

It pays to be the coach's son-in-law. Actually, it pays much more to be one of the league's best guards playing for the reigning Super Bowl champions. The New York Giants completed a six-year contract extension with guard Chris Snee, a deal apparently worth about $7 million per season....

 

By Mark Maske | June 25, 2008; 09:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Giants Cut Lorenzen

The New York Giants have released quarterback Jared Lorenzen. Lorenzen was known for his linebacker-like heft more than his skill, being officially listed at 285 pounds. But he was the top backup to Eli Manning at times last season. Lorenzen became expendable when the Giants signed David Carr and...

 

By Mark Maske | June 23, 2008; 08:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

Strahan to Join Fox Studio Show

Just-retired New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan is headed, as expected, to a post-playing career in television. Strahan will join Fox Sports as an NFL analyst on the network's studio show, the network announced on its Web site. Strahan joins fellow analysts Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long and Jimmy...

 

By Mark Maske | June 23, 2008; 05:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

A. Bradshaw Serving Jail Sentence For Probation Violation

New York Giants tailback Ahmad Bradshaw reportedly is serving a 30-day prison sentence in Virginia for a probation violation. His attorney said in a written statement that the original offense occurred when Bradshaw was a juvenile, according to the Associated Press. Bradshaw began serving the jail sentence Sunday. He...

 

By Mark Maske | June 19, 2008; 08:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Burress Expects New Deal By Training Camp

Wide receiver Plaxico Burress told a Philadelphia radio station this week that he expects to have his contract situation resolved before training camp. "I'm not going to worry about it, but I did state that I was unhappy with my current situation with my contract," Burress said during a...

 

By Mark Maske | June 19, 2008; 11:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

Shockey, J. Reese Reportedly Exchange Words

Tight end Jeremy Shockey reportedly got into a heated verbal confrontation with General Manager Jerry Reese during the New York Giants' minicamp this week. The yelling match was first reported by the Bergen Record. The details remain unclear. Shockey showed up at the minicamp after saying last weekend that...

 

By Mark Maske | June 14, 2008; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Burress, Shockey Not Practicing At Giants' Minicamp

The New York Giants opened a minicamp today, and defensive end Michael Strahan's retirement was all but forgotten because there were plenty of new issues for the defending Super Bowl champions. Wide receiver Plaxico Burress and tight end Jeremy Shockey showed up but didn't practice. Burress told reporters that...

 

By Mark Maske | June 11, 2008; 03:12 PM ET | Comments (1)

Strahan Says Even An $8 Million Salary Wouldn't Have Kept Him Around

Michael Strahan had his retirement news conference today and gave a dignified farewell address. Among the things he said was that the New York Giants could not have influenced him to play another season by offering to double his salary to $8 million. Strahan said his decision wasn't about...

 

By Mark Maske | June 10, 2008; 02:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Strahan Press Conference Today

Michael Strahan is scheduled to participate in a news conference today at 11:30 a.m. The New York Giants defensive end announced his retirement Monday....

 

By Mark Maske | June 10, 2008; 10:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Strahan, Favre and Sapp Could Be Canton-Bound Together

It says here that Brett Favre, Warren Sapp and Michael Strahan will go into the Hall of Fame together in 2013. Favre is a no-brainer. He's in the discussion about the greatest quarterbacks of all-time, and being a first-ballot inductee in Canton, Ohio, is a virtual certainty. There might...

 

By Mark Maske | June 9, 2008; 04:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

Strahan Announces Retirement

New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan has decided to retire. Strahan told Fox Sports that he wanted to make up his mind before the defending Super Bowl champions opened a minicamp that's scheduled to begin Wednesday. "It was important that my teammates knew which way I was going...

 

By Mark Maske | June 9, 2008; 12:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Shockey's Offseason of Discontent

Trade speculation has surrounded Jeremy Shockey all offseason after the New York Giants won the Super Bowl without the injured tight end. There were reports that Shockey might be headed to the New Orleans Saints, and others that he would welcome such a move. Shockey seemed less than pleased...

 

By Mark Maske | June 9, 2008; 09:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

Speculation That Tyree Could Be Squeezed Off Giants' Roster Is Misguided

There are reports beginning to surface out of the New York Giants' offseason activities that because of the team's surplus of wide receivers, Super Bowl standout David Tyree might not have a guaranteed spot on next season's roster. The Giants drafted Mario Manningham and have holdovers Plaxico Burress, Amani...

 

By Mark Maske | June 4, 2008; 02:09 PM ET | Comments (1)

Giants to Add R. Wynn

Veteran defensive tackle Renaldo Wynn, formerly of the Washington Redskins, reportedly has agreed to a deal with the New York Giants. Wynn would be rejoining Giants Coach Tom Coughlin, for whom he once played in Jacksonville. The Star-Ledger reported that Wynn agreed to a one-year contract with the Super...

 

By Mark Maske | June 2, 2008; 03:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giants Reward Diehl With New Contract

The New York Giants took a risk last season by not going out to add a left tackle to replace the departed Luke Petitgout. They believed that David Diehl could make a smooth and permanent transition from left guard to left tackle, sparing them the effort and expense of...

 

By Mark Maske | May 7, 2008; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

Retirement Watch Continues for Strahan

The retirement watch continues for New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan. Strahan is contemplating retirement for a second straight offseason. Last summer, he joined the Giants at the end of training camp and ended up being on a Super Bowl-winning team. Now he isn't saying whether he'll return...

 

By Mark Maske | May 5, 2008; 10:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Shockey Reportedly Would Welcome Trade to Saints

New York Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey reportedly has told friends that he would welcome a trade to the New Orleans Saints. The New York Daily News reported today that Shockey isn't lobbying the Giants to trade him but he wouldn't be upset to be dealt. The Saints reportedly...

 

By Mark Maske | April 18, 2008; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (17)

Shockey-to-Saints Deal Still A Possibility?

There are ongoing whispers that the New York Giants could trade tight end Jeremy Shockey before or during the NFL draft, probably to the New Orleans Saints. The Giants made their Super Bowl run with rookie Kevin Boss filling in for an injured Shockey, and playing well. Some observers...

 

By Mark Maske | April 14, 2008; 12:39 PM ET | Comments (15)

Giants Add Linebacker

Free agent linebacker Danny Clark agreed to a two-year, $4 million contract with the New York Giants. He leaves the Houston Texans. The Super Bowl champions make the move to fortify the position after losing linebackers Kawika Mitchell and Reggie Torbor earlier in free agency....

 

By Mark Maske | March 13, 2008; 12:12 PM ET | Comments (94)

D. Carr Agrees to Deal With Giants to Back Up Manning

Quarterback David Carr agreed to a one-year, $1 million contract with the New York Giants to back up their Super Bowl-winning starter, Eli Manning. The deal means that the Giants will have one former top overall selection in the NFL draft backing up another. Carr rejoins Giants quarterbacks coach...

 

By Mark Maske | March 12, 2008; 09:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Interest in Brunell, Carr on Backup Quarterback Market

Trent Green landed in St. Louis on Monday, but the quarterback carousel continues to spin for veterans in search of jobs as backups. Mark Brunell is scheduled to visit the New Orleans Saints today, and David Carr is to visit the New York Giants. Brunell had his contract voided...

 

By Mark Maske | March 11, 2008; 10:17 AM ET | Comments (35)

Coughlin's Contract Extension Completed

The New York Giants and Tom Coughlin completed the coach's four-year, $21 million contract extension Friday. The deal is to be announced today. Both sides had said since the Giants' Super Bowl triumph over the New England Patriots that an extension was in the works....

 

By Mark Maske | March 8, 2008; 12:59 PM ET | Comments (115)

Giants Make First Addition

After doing nothing but losing free agents on defense, the New York Giants finally have added one. The Super Bowl champions completed a deal today with safety Sammy Knight, most recently of the Jacksonville Jaguars. He could replace Gibril Wilson, who left the Giants to sign with the Oakland...

 

By Mark Maske | March 3, 2008; 05:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giants Lose G. Wilson to Raiders

The New York Giants have lost another defensive player. Safety Gibril Wilson, an unrestricted free agent, has agreed to a six-year, $39 million contract with the Oakland Raiders that includes $16 million in guaranteed money. The Super Bowl champions lost free agent linebackers Kawika Mitchell and Reggie Torbor earlier...

 

By Mark Maske | February 29, 2008; 07:45 PM ET | Comments (141)

Mara Says Coughlin Deal Will Be Completed Soon

INDIANAPOLIS--The New York Giants haven't yet completed a contract extension with Coach Tom Coughlin. But owner John Mara said today that the deal will be done soon. "Not yet," said Mara, a member of the league's competition committee. "The primary reason is I've been out here all week in...

 

By Mark Maske | February 21, 2008; 03:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giants, Coughlin Closing In on New Deal

An NFL source this morning confirmed reports in New York media outlets that the Giants are close to completing a contract extension with Coach Tom Coughlin. The four-year extension likely will be worth about $20 million, said the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because negotiations are...

 

By Mark Maske | February 19, 2008; 10:49 AM ET | Comments (1)

Giants' Performance Gives Spagnuolo Options

PHOENIX--So the next question about Steve Spagnuolo is: Will the New York Giants' defensive coordinator want the Washington Redskins' head coaching job now that he's the hottest thing going? Spagnuolo's stock is soaring after the Giants shut down the highest-scoring offense in NFL history to beat the New England...

 

By Mark Maske | February 4, 2008; 05:08 PM ET | Comments (3)

Coughlin Says Extension Coming Soon

PHOENIX--New York Giants Coach Tom Coughlin said today he expects to complete a contract extension with the team soon. Coughlin's current deal expires after next season but he and the Giants are expected to negotiate a four-year extension. On the day after his club's 17-14 triumph over the New...

 

By Mark Maske | February 4, 2008; 04:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Quick Halftime Thoughts

GLENDALE, Ariz.--The Giants certainly have their chance. They're getting to Tom Brady. They're shutting down Randy Moss. The Patriots simply can't block Justin Tuck. But when you're facing the Patriots, you have to turn your opportunities into points. The Giants have had their chances and only have three points...

 

By Mark Maske | February 3, 2008; 08:16 PM ET | Comments (96)

Pope on Giants' Inactive List

GLENDALE, Ariz.--Defensive back Geoffrey Pope, formerly of Howard University, is on the New York Giants' inactive list for the game. As recently as midweek, he'd been hoping to be on the active list for the game. Veteran wide receiver Troy Brown is on the New England Patriots' inactive list....

 

By Mark Maske | February 3, 2008; 05:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Contract Extension for Coughlin Coming

GLENDALE, Ariz.--The New York Giants' postseason run promises to earn a lucrative contract extension for their coach, Tom Coughlin. People familiar with the situation said today that formal negotiations have not begun yet but the two sides likely will agree to a new four-year deal in the coming weeks....

 

By Mark Maske | February 3, 2008; 04:54 PM ET | Comments (1)

Burress Misses Another Practice, This Time Because of Sore Knee

PHOENIX--Wide receiver Plaxico Burress missed the New York Giants' practice Thursday for a second straight day, this time because of a sore left knee. Burress missed Wednesday's practice because of the ailing right ankle that plagued him all season. For the New England Patriots, quarterback Tom Brady participated in...

 

By Mark Maske | February 1, 2008; 10:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Sick Super Bowl Buildup for Giants

PHOENIX--Super Bowl week is being complicated by sickness for the New York Giants. Cornerback Aaron Ross became the latest Giants player to be hit by flu-like symptoms. Other ill players have included defensive end Michael Strahan, kicker Lawrence Tynes, defensive tackle Manny Wright, safety Michael Johnson and fullback Madison...

 

By Mark Maske | January 29, 2008; 10:26 AM ET | Comments (4)

Waiting for Super Bowl Assistants Could Be Risky Strategy

New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels are the latest targets of the Washington Redskins' coaching search. They are the new hot assistant coaches in the league and the Redskins apparently have decided to wait until after the Super Bowl to...

 

By Mark Maske | January 25, 2008; 09:52 AM ET | Comments (71)

Falcons Interviewing Frazier Today, Waiting to See if Spagnuolo Becomes Available

The Atlanta Falcons are interviewing Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier for their head coaching vacancy today. The Falcons tried but failed this week to hire Jason Garrett as their coach. But Garrett rebuffed both the Falcons and Baltimore Ravens to remain the offensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys,...

 

By Mark Maske | January 19, 2008; 02:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

J. Tuck Agrees to Contract Extension With Giants

Defensive end Justin Tuck agreed to a five-year, $30 million contract extension with the New York Giants. A source this morning confirmed reports that the deal includes $16 million in guaranteed money and runs through the 2013 season. Tuck, a third-year pro, had 10 sacks this season splitting playing...

 

By Mark Maske | January 18, 2008; 09:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vindication for Coughlin, Manning as Giants Prevail

TAMPA--The New York Giants' 24-14 triumph over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers here today wasn't exactly a playoff thriller. But it did serve as vindication for Giants Coach Tom Coughlin and quarterback Eli Manning after suffering first-round playoff defeats the previous two seasons. Manning threw two touchdown passes and didn't...

 

By Mark Maske | January 6, 2008; 05:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giants Minus Three Starters

TAMPA--The New York Giants' bid to beat the New England Patriots in the regular season finale cost them three starters. The Giants have announced that cornerback Sam Madison, linebacker Kawika Mitchell and center Shaun O'Hara will be out of the starting lineup for today's first-round NFC playoff game here...

 

By Mark Maske | January 6, 2008; 12:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Wilfork Fined $15,000

The NFL fined New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork $15,000 for poking his finger through the facemask of New York Giants tailback Brandon Jacobs during the regular season finale last Saturday night at Giants Stadium. Officials did not see the incident and Wilfork was not penalized during the...

 

By Mark Maske | January 4, 2008; 04:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Knee Injuries Could Leave Giants Without O'Hara, Mitchell Against Bucs

The knee injuries suffered by center Shaun O'Hara and linebacker Kawika Mitchell during the New York Giants' loss to the New England Patriots on Saturday night at Giants Stadium might keep them out of this weekend's first-round NFC playoff game at Tampa. O'Hara and Mitchell suffered sprained medial collateral...

 

By Mark Maske | December 31, 2007; 11:17 AM ET | Comments (2)

Coughlin's Gamble Mostly Pays Off, But Giants Learn the Game's Only Beginning When You Get a Late Lead on the Patriots

Some quick thoughts on Patriots-Giants on the train ride home from New York... * It was one of the best games of the season, thanks to the decision by Giants Coach Tom Coughlin to play his regulars the whole way. Coughlin's gamble paid off. Yes, the Giants lost and...

 

By Mark Maske | December 30, 2007; 12:33 PM ET | Comments (1)

Game On: Giants Don't Have Their Regulars on Inactive List

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.--The New York Giants don't have any of their usual starters, aside from injured cornerback Kevin Dockery, on their inactive list for tonight's game here against the unbeaten New England Patriots. There had been suspicions that the Giants, who are locked in to a first-round playoff game...

 

By Mark Maske | December 29, 2007; 07:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

How Will Giants Approach Patriots Game?

The New England Patriots have made it clear that they're not planning to ease off the accelerator and rest key starters in Saturday night's regular season finale against the New York Giants at Giants Stadium just because they've clinched home field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. The question now...

 

By Mark Maske | December 26, 2007; 09:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

Loss of Shockey Leaves Giants Relying on Rookie at Tight End

The New York Giants almost certainly will be without tight end Jeremy Shockey for the remainder of the season. Shockey was hurt while blocking on a running play during Sunday night's loss to the Washington Redskins and was diagnosed with a broken fibula in his left leg. Giants wide...

 

By Mark Maske | December 17, 2007; 03:24 PM ET | Comments (1)

B. Jacobs Back to Replace D. Ward for Giants

It's one tailback out, one tailback in for the New York Giants this week. Brandon Jacobs participated in the Giants' practice Wednesday after missing two games because of a hamstring injury. He could replace Derrick Ward, who was placed on the season-ending injured reserve list after suffering a broken...

 

By Mark Maske | December 6, 2007; 10:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bad Ankle Seems to be Affecting P. Burress's Production

New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress was unusually quiet in Sunday's loss to the Dallas Cowboys, with only four catches for 24 yards. Part of it was the Giants' desire to try to exploit the matchup of tight end Jeremy Shockey working against Cowboys safety Roy Williams. They...

 

By Mark Maske | November 13, 2007; 10:06 AM ET | Comments (0)

Giants Could Be Pondering Changing Kickers

Free agent kickers Billy Cundiff and Josh Huston worked out for the New York Giants on Tuesday but neither was signed. The Giants might be exploring possible alternatives after their kicker, Lawrence Tynes, missed an extra point and a 34-yard field goal try during Sunday night's victory over the...

 

By Mark Maske | October 3, 2007; 10:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

P. Burress to Keep Playing on Ailing Ankle

Wide receiver Plaxico Burress told reporters Thursday that he plans to remain in the New York Giants' lineup, playing on an ailing ankle. Burress received a second opinion this week from Charlotte orthopedist Robert Anderson, who told Burress the injury is a bad sprain. Burress has practiced little since...

 

By Mark Maske | September 28, 2007; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Burress Has Ailing Ankle Examined

New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress was examined by an orthopedic specialist Wednesday in Charlotte because he continues to be plagued by an ankle injury. Burress left the team to be examined by Robert Anderson. Burress has played in all three Giants' games but has practiced little since...

 

By Mark Maske | September 27, 2007; 08:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Problems Piling Up for Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.--As if the winless New York Giants don't have enough problems already, now they have to worry about wide receiver Plaxico Burress's sore ankle. Coach Tom Coughlin said that Burress would be limited during the Giants' practice today, if he practiced at all. But Coughlin said he's...

 

By Mark Maske | September 19, 2007; 01:20 PM ET | Comments (4)

Early-Season Desperation for Giants?

It seems like a bit of a desperation move for the New York Giants to have started Eli Manning at quarterback today. You would expect a team to err on the side of caution when dealing with a shoulder injury to its young franchise quarterback. But the Giants were...

 

By Mark Maske | September 16, 2007; 06:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

E. Manning Practices But Playing Status Still Uncertain

Quarterback Eli Manning took some snaps with the first-team offense during the New York Giants' practice today. It was the first time all week that Manning had participated in full team drills. Still, it remained unclear if he would play Sunday against the Green Bay Packers at Giants Stadium...

 

By Mark Maske | September 14, 2007; 07:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giants Likely to Go With Lorenzen, Ward in Backfield Against Packers

Backup quarterback Jared Lorenzen worked with the New York Giants' starting offense for a second straight day during Thursday's practice. It appears that Lorenzen is likely to start Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers at Giants Stadium in place of Eli Manning, who hurt his right shoulder during...

 

By Mark Maske | September 14, 2007; 12:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

It's Looking Like E. Manning Will Miss One Game, and One Game Only

It's looking more and more like the New York Giants won't have quarterback Eli Manning in the lineup this weekend against the Green Bay Packers because of his ailing right shoulder. Jared Lorenzen would start in Manning's place. The Giants do seem confident that they'll have Manning back against...

 

By Mark Maske | September 13, 2007; 12:30 AM ET | Comments (1)

E. Manning Does Some Light Work During Giants' Practice, Playing Status Still Unclear

Quarterback Eli Manning took some snaps during the New York Giants' practice today but it remained unclear whether he will play Sunday against the Green Bay Packers at Giants Stadium. Manning handed the ball off during the practice and was to throw later in the day. Coach Tom Coughlin...

 

By Mark Maske | September 12, 2007; 02:07 PM ET | Comments (2)

E. Manning's Playing Status Remains Unclear After Second Opinion on Shoulder

The playing status of New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning remained unclear today even after he received a second opinion on his injured right shoulder from Birmingham orthopedist James Andrews. Andrews studied the MRI exam of Manning's shoulder, according to an NFL source. It does not appear that Manning...

 

By Mark Maske | September 11, 2007; 11:12 PM ET | Comments (1)

Giants Deny Manning Has Separated Shoulder

New York Giants officials said tests taken today confirmed that quarterback Eli Manning suffered only a bruised right shoulder during Sunday night's loss to the Dallas Cowboys in Irving, Tex., and they expect him to be sidelined no longer than a week. According to the Giants, it's possible that...

 

By Mark Maske | September 10, 2007; 11:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

E. Manning to Undergo MRI Exam on Injured Shoulder Today

IRVING, Tex.--On Sunday night, Eli Manning looked like the quarterback the New York Giants hoped he'd be this season. Today Manning and the Giants could find out if his sore right shoulder will enable him to continue being that quarterback in the coming weeks. Manning played brilliantly in the...

 

By Mark Maske | September 10, 2007; 09:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

Strahan Practices With Second-Team Defense

Defensive end Michael Strahan worked with the second string during the New York Giants' practice Tuesday, his first since ending his holdout and rejoining the team Monday. Justin Tuck continued to practice with the starters, and Strahan might be limited to situational pass-rushing duties in Sunday night's opener at...

 

By Mark Maske | September 5, 2007; 07:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Strahan Expected to Practice Today

Defensive end Michael Strahan is scheduled to practice with the New York Giants today after rejoining the team Monday, as expected. Strahan agreed last week to end his holdout. He amassed more than $500,000 in fines but the two sides agreed to reduce that amount significantly, perhaps by half....

 

By Mark Maske | September 4, 2007; 09:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Strahan Agrees to Rejoin Giants

Defensive end Michael Strahan, to no one's surprise, has decided to end his holdout and rejoin the New York Giants in the coming days. The Giants and Strahan reached a settlement for Strahan to pay the team less than the approximately $500,000 he owes in fines, an NFL source...

 

By Mark Maske | August 31, 2007; 07:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Decision Day for Strahan?

It might be decision day for Michael Strahan. After the holdout defensive end spoke to New York Giants General Manager Jerry Reese on Monday and Tuesday, the Giants announced that Strahan had told Reese that he'd decide within two days whether to report to the club or retire. Now...

 

By Mark Maske | August 30, 2007; 09:35 AM ET | Comments (1)

Strahan's Decision Due By Thursday, According to Giants

Defensive end Michael Strahan told New York Giants General Manager Jerry Reese today that he will decide by Thursday whether to rejoin the team, according to club officials. Strahan spoke to Giants officials Monday night and this morning, according to the team. There have been reports in recent days...

 

By Mark Maske | August 28, 2007; 07:29 PM ET | Comments (1)

Strahan's Return to Giants Imminent?

It is thought that defensive end Michael Strahan might end his holdout and rejoin the New York Giants on Monday or Tuesday. Strahan didn't report to training camp and indicated he was contemplating retirement, but people close to the situation have become increasingly convinced in recent days that he...

 

By Mark Maske | August 26, 2007; 07:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

P. Manning Takes Up for Brother

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning took up for younger brother Eli after the New York Giants quarterback's leadership skills were criticized on national television Sunday by former Giants tailback Tiki Barber. "You cannot play quarterback at any level, even junior high, without taking a leadership position," Peyton Manning said...

 

By Mark Maske | August 23, 2007; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

E. Manning Fires Back in Long-Distance Spat With T. Barber

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is in a long-distance verbal tussle with his former tailback, Tiki Barber. After Barber, now a broadcaster with NBC, said on the network's Sunday night telecast that some of Manning's attempts to lead the team last season were "almost comical," Manning made critical...

 

By Mark Maske | August 21, 2007; 08:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Strahan's Holdout Reportedly Could Be Nearing End

Defensive end Michael Strahan reportedly could be close to rejoining the New York Giants. Newsday reported that Strahan might report to the team as soon as this weekend. Strahan did not report to training camp and indicated that he was contemplating retirement....

 

By Mark Maske | August 21, 2007; 08:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Strahan Says Absence from Giants' Camp Isn't Over Money

It's not about the money. So says Michael Strahan. The veteran defensive end, who hasn't reported to the New York Giants' training camp, issued a written statement Sunday through his agent saying that his summertime absence is about him contemplating retirement, not about trying to leverage the club into...

 

By Mark Maske | August 6, 2007; 01:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giants Saying They Won't Rework Strahan's Contract

New York Giants owner John Mara told reporters Wednesday that the club would not renegotiate the contract of defensive end Michael Strahan. Strahan is holding out from training camp and has told team officials that he might retire. There have been reports that Strahan is upset because the Giants...

 

By Mark Maske | August 2, 2007; 09:25 AM ET | Comments (4)

Strahan, Giants Officials Talking

New York Giants officials spoke to holdout defensive end Michael Strahan on Monday. Coach Tom Coughlin and General Manager Jerry Reese told reporters today at the team's Albany, N.Y., training camp that Strahan is welcome to return but the club is proceeding as if he won't. Strahan hasn't reported...

 

By Mark Maske | July 31, 2007; 03:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Strahan, Giants Vying for Leverage?

The New York Giants are expressing interest in Simeon Rice with fellow veteran defensive end Michael Strahan absent from their Albany, N.Y., training camp. Rice, who was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week after refusing to take a pay cut, is scheduled to be in New York...

 

By Mark Maske | July 30, 2007; 10:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Strahan Holding Out, Said to be Pondering Retirement

Defensive end Michael Strahan is holding out from the New York Giants' training camp and has informed the team through his agent that he's considering retirement. Agent Tony Agnone told Giants General Manager Jerry Reese in a telephone conversation Thursday evening about Strahan's decision not to report to training...

 

By Mark Maske | July 27, 2007; 02:56 PM ET | Comments (1)

For Giants, Offseason Subtractions Have Been More Eye-Catching Than Additions

Team-By-Team Offseason Roundup New York Giants Players Released: LaVar Arrington, LB Luke Petitgout, T Carlos Emmons, LB Tiki Barber, RB (retired) Bob Whitfield, T (retired) Chad Morton, RB/KR Free Agents Lost: Visanthe Shiancoe, TE Jay Feely, K Frank Walker, CB Traded: Tim Carter, WR Traded For: Reuben Droughns, RB...

 

By Mark Maske | May 24, 2007; 03:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giants Moving Kiwanuka to Linebacker

The New York Giants are planning to move Mathias Kiwanuka from defensive end to outside linebacker. The move will enable the Giants to fill a need at linebacker and get Kiwanuka on the field at the same time as defensive ends Michael Strahan and Osi Umenyiora. Kiwanuka was the...

 

By Mark Maske | April 30, 2007; 03:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giants Add A. Wright

The New York Giants signed free agent quarterback Anthony Wright. It's the fifth NFL team for Wright, who's likely to be the primary backup to Eli Manning and bump either Jared Lorenzen or Tim Hasselbeck off the roster....

 

By Mark Maske | April 14, 2007; 01:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Owners Grant Request by Giants, Jets for Waiver of Debt Rules

PHOENIX, Ariz.--The owners approved a request by the New York Giants and New York Jets for a waiver of the league's debt rules to build their planned stadium in the Meadowlands. The price of the stadium has risen to $1.6 billion, requiring the two teams to carry more debt...

 

By Mark Maske | March 27, 2007; 07:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giants Get Linebacker Help With K. Mitchell

PHOENIX, Ariz.--Free agent linebacker Kawika Mitchell, formerly of the Kansas City Chiefs, agreed to a one-year, $1 million contract with the New York Giants. The Giants got the help at linebacker they needed after a potential trade for the Denver Broncos' Al Wilson fell through last week. Wilson failed...

 

By Mark Maske | March 27, 2007; 11:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Giants, Jets Still Working Through Stadium Funding Issues

PHOENIX, Ariz.--The New York Giants and New York Jets continue to deal with issues related to the funding of their planned new stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Owners and executives from both teams spent Sunday trying to convince other owners to waive the rules that clubs usually must follow...

 

By Mark Maske | March 26, 2007; 10:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Giants Sign Texans Fullback to Offer Sheet in Restricted Free Agency

The New York Giants signed fullback Vonta Leach, a restricted free agent from the Houston Texans, to a four-year, approximately $8 million offer sheet. The deal includes about $1.6 million in bonuses. The Texans have a week to decide whether to match the Giants' offer and retain Leach....

 

By Mark Maske | March 20, 2007; 10:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

Giants Buy Back '08 and '09 Seasons in E. Manning's Contract

There was a report this morning that the New York Giants had extended the contract of quarterback Eli Manning. In truth, though, the Giants simply executed a buy-back clause in Manning's contract that they'd intended to execute all along. The seven-year, $45 million deal that Manning signed as a...

 

By Mark Maske | March 19, 2007; 12:49 PM ET | Comments (2)

Dolphins Shopping Kicker Mare

The Miami Dolphins are trying to trade kicker Olindo Mare before being forced to possibly release him. They're shopping him to the New York Giants and other teams. The Giants lost kicker Jay Feely when he signed with the Dolphins as a free agent....

 

By Mark Maske | March 13, 2007; 07:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

K. Curtis Choice Near?

Free agent wide receiver Kevin Curtis probably is close to picking a new team now that he's hired Bruce and Ryan Tollner as his agents. Curtis had to wait the required five days after firing Tom Condon. Curtis, formerly of the St. Louis Rams, has drawn interest from the...

 

By Mark Maske | March 12, 2007; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Giants Trade for Droughns

The New York Giants, needing a running back to replace the retired Tiki Barber, obtained Reuben Droughns today in a trade with the Cleveland Browns. The Giants sent wide receiver Tim Carter to Cleveland for Droughns, who is likely to split time with Brandon Jacobs with the Giants. Droughns...

 

By Mark Maske | March 9, 2007; 04:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giants Lose Kicker to Dolphins

Free agent kicker Jay Feely agreed to a three-year contract with the Miami Dolphins worth approximately $6 million. Feely's previous team, the New York Giants, had been trying to re-sign him and he'd drawn interest from other clubs as well. But he made a visit to Miami this week...

 

By Mark Maske | March 8, 2007; 08:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

Feely Generating Interest on Kicker Market

Free agent kicker Jay Feely visited the Miami Dolphins on Tuesday. The Dolphins would release Olindo Mare if they can sign Feely. But the New York Giants are attempting to re-sign Feely and the Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons also are interested....

 

By Mark Maske | March 7, 2007; 07:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Giants Re-Sign S. O'Hara Just Before Free Agency

The New York Giants retained center Shaun O'Hara just before free agency by agreeing to a five-year, $19 million contract with him. The deal includes a $7.5 million signing bonus. O'Hara was the team's only significant player eligible for unrestricted free agency....

 

By Mark Maske | March 1, 2007; 11:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

McGahee to Giants?

The Buffalo Bills are said to be listening to trade offers for tailback Willis McGahee. The former first-round draft pick has one season remaining on his contract and the Bills might look to trade him this offseason and get something in return for him rather than lose him as...

 

By Mark Maske | February 26, 2007; 09:00 PM ET | Comments (2)

Giants Place Barber on Retired List, Cut Morton

The New York Giants placed tailback Tiki Barber on their reserve-retired list today. Barber filed his official retirement papers with the league Monday. The Giants also released kick returner Chad Morton today, the fourth player they'd cut in a two-day span. They released left tackle Luke Petitgout and linebackers...

 

By Mark Maske | February 13, 2007; 09:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

T. Barber Reportedly Accepting NBC Offer

Retiring New York Giants tailback Tiki Barber reportedly has decided to accept a job at NBC. The network is to announce the move Tuesday, the Associated Press reported. Barber had been weighing competing offers from NBC and ABC-ESPN. At NBC, he reportedly will have roles on the "Today" show...

 

By Mark Maske | February 12, 2007; 08:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Injuries, Salaries Key Considerations as Giants Release Arrington, Emmons and Petitgout

Injuries and money were key factors in the New York Giants' decisions to release linebackers LaVar Arrington and Carlos Emmons and left tackle Luke Petitgout today. All three players were hurt this past season. Arrington had his season cut short by a torn Achilles' tendon. Emmons had an injured...

 

By Mark Maske | February 12, 2007; 08:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giants-Dolphins Set for Oct. 28 at Wembley Stadium

MIAMI--The NFL announced that the New York Giants and Miami Dolphins will play on Oct. 28 at Wembley Stadium in London. The Dolphins will be listed as the home team in the second regular season game in league history to be played in a foreign country. The league's team...

 

By Mark Maske | February 2, 2007; 02:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giants Raid Eagles for New Defensive Coordinator

The New York Giants hired Steve Spagnuolo as their defensive coordinator. He replaces the fired Tim Lewis. He'd been on the Philadelphia Eagles' coaching staff since 1999, spending the past three seasons as the club's linebackers coach. Giants Coach Tom Coughlin will have two new coordinators in a make-or-break...

 

By Mark Maske | January 22, 2007; 08:57 PM ET | Comments (1)

Coughlin Names Gilbride Giants' Offensive Coordinator

New York Giants Coach Tom Coughlin named Kevin Gilbride his offensive coordinator. Gilbride called the offensive plays for the Giants in their final regular season game, a win over the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field, and during their playoff loss at Philadelphia after Coughlin fired John Hufnagel. Coughlin still...

 

By Mark Maske | January 18, 2007; 10:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giants Name J. Reese GM

The New York Giants named Jerry Reese their general manager. Reese, 43, succeeds the retiring Ernie Accorsi. He had been the Giants' director of player personnel. He becomes the third black general manager in the NFL, joining the Baltimore Ravens' Ozzie Newsome and the Houston Texans' Rick Smith....

 

By Mark Maske | January 15, 2007; 07:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giants Expected to Name J. Reese General Manager

The New York Giants are expected to name Jerry Reese their general manager next week, an NFL source said. Reese, the Giants' director of player personnel, succeeds the retiring Ernie Accorsi. The Giants also interviewed three other internal candidates and one outside candidate, former Washington Redskins and Houston Texans...

 

By Mark Maske | January 13, 2007; 07:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giants Fire Defensive Coordinator T. Lewis

The New York Giants fired defensive coordinator Tim Lewis today. The move came on the day after the team announced that Coach Tom Coughlin would keep his job and receive a one-year contract extension through the 2008 season. Coughlin will begin next season with two new coordinators. He dismissed...

 

By Mark Maske | January 11, 2007; 10:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Surprising Player Support Helped Coughlin Keep Job

Tom Coughlin kept his job in part because New York Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch determined that he had more support among the team's players than one might have believed. Giants players said after Sunday's season-ending loss in Philadelphia in the first round of the NFC playoffs...

 

By Mark Maske | January 11, 2007; 09:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Giants Retaining Coughlin

The New York Giants announced today that they're retaining Tom Coughlin as their coach. Coughlin receives a one-year contract extension through the 2008 season. The Giants reached the playoffs for a second straight season but lost six of their final eight regular season games and suffered a first-round playoff...

 

By Mark Maske | January 10, 2007; 01:15 PM ET | Comments (6)

Giants Seem to be Leaning Toward Keeping Coughlin But Nothing Certain Yet

The New York Giants seem to be leaning toward retaining Tom Coughlin as their coach. Coughlin has one season remaining on his contract and has coached the team to two straight playoff appearances, although the Giants finished this season with a record of 8-9 after losing a first-round NFC...

 

By Mark Maske | January 9, 2007; 10:13 PM ET | Comments (2)

Pioli Rebuffs Giants, Says He's Staying With Patriots

The New York Giants, as expected, made an attempt to hire New England Patriots front-office chief Scott Pioli to replace their retiring general manager, Ernie Accorsi. The Giants received permission from the Patriots to interview Pioli. But Pioli said in a written statement released by the Patriots today that...

 

By Mark Maske | January 8, 2007; 10:12 PM ET | Comments (2)

No Word Yet on Coughlin

The New York Giants didn't give any indication today whether they'll retain Tom Coughlin as their coach. Coughlin has one season remaining on his contract and led the Giants to a second straight playoff appearance. But Sunday's loss in Philadelphia dropped their record to 8-9, that after a 6-2...

 

By Mark Maske | January 8, 2007; 07:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

T. Barber Has Classy Exit

PHILADELPHIA--Tiki Barber headed into retirement Sunday with his usual dignity. The tailback ran for 137 yards in the New York Giants' first-round playoff loss at Philadelphia, then exchanged goodbyes with Eagles defenders Jeremiah Trotter and Brian Dawkins on the field after the game. Barber did not allow the disappointment...

 

By Mark Maske | January 8, 2007; 12:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Shockey Might Be Ready to Face Eagles

Tight end Jeremy Shockey might return to the New York Giants' lineup for Sunday's first-round NFC playoff game at Philadelphia. Shockey missed the Giants' victory over the Washington Redskins to close the regular season because of a sore left ankle but his ankle is said to be improving....

 

By Mark Maske | January 3, 2007; 05:22 PM ET | Comments (2)

Giants Place C. Webster on IR List

The New York Giants have lost another starter. They placed cornerback Corey Webster on the injured reserve list today because of hip and toe injuries....

 

By Mark Maske | January 2, 2007; 07:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Casserly in Running for Giants' GM Job

Charley Casserly, the former general manager of the Washington Redskins and Houston Texans, is among the candidates for the New York Giants' soon-to-be-vacant GM job. Casserly is among five candidates known to have been interviewed by the Giants so far as a possible replacement for Ernie Accorsi, who's retiring...

 

By Mark Maske | December 29, 2006; 09:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

No Surgery (Or Retirement) for Strahan

New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan has been told by a foot specialist that he won't need to undergo surgery to repair the injury that ended his season. Strahan was examined by orthopedist Robert Anderson and was told there's no separation of the bones in his foot and...

 

By Mark Maske | December 29, 2006; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Shockey's Status for Redskins Game Unclear

Tight end Jeremy Shockey missed the New York Giants' practice for a second straight day. He has a sore ankle and it's unclear if he'll be able to play Saturday night against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field....

 

By Mark Maske | December 28, 2006; 07:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giants Have Tiebreaker Edge if They Can Beat Redskins

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.--The New York Giants can all but clinch the second wild-card playoff berth in the NFC if they beat the Washington Redskins on Saturday night at FedEx Field because they have an advantage over the Green Bay Packers in the strength of victory tiebreaker. A tie between...

 

By Mark Maske | December 28, 2006; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Strahan's Football Future Unclear

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.--There's room to wonder whether defensive end Michael Strahan has played his last game for the New York Giants. Strahan was placed on the injured reserve list Tuesday and likely will have to undergo surgery for the foot injury that will end up keeping him out of...

 

By Mark Maske | December 28, 2006; 01:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Coughlin Demotes Hufnagel, Turns Over Offensive Play-Calling Duties to Gilbride

The New York Giants demoted offensive coordinator John Hufnagel. Coach Tom Coughlin handed the team's offensive play-calling duties to quarterbacks coach Kevin Gilbride for Saturday night's game against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. The Giants have lost six of seven games to drop their record to 7-8 but...

 

By Mark Maske | December 27, 2006; 09:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

Strahan's Season Over

The reeling New York Giants placed defensive end Michael Strahan on the injured reserve list today, ending his season. Strahan had missed six games with a midfoot sprain before returning to the lineup for Sunday's loss to the New Orleans Saints at Giants Stadium. He aggravated the injury during...

 

By Mark Maske | December 26, 2006; 09:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Coughlin's Job Looks to be in Serious Jeopardy Now

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.--It once seemed almost unthinkable that the New York Giants would fire Coach Tom Coughlin after this season. He won the NFC East title last season. He kept the team from unraveling after a 1-2 start this season, as the Giants ran off five straight victories after...

 

By Mark Maske | December 26, 2006; 10:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

Strahan Practices

Defensive end Michael Strahan participated fully in the New York Giants' practice today and appears set to return to the lineup for Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints. Strahan has missed the last six games because of a midfoot sprain. The Giants have gone 1-5 without him and,...

 

By Mark Maske | December 20, 2006; 07:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

Chargers Have Three Pro Bowlers From Manning Trade

Three of the players that the San Diego Chargers got in the Eli Manning trade with the New York Giants on draft day 2004 were named to the AFC Pro Bowl team today--quarterback Philip Rivers, linebacker Shawne Merriman and kicker Nate Kaeding. The Chargers got Rivers in the deal...

 

By Mark Maske | December 19, 2006; 09:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Strahan Might Play This Weekend

Defensive end Michael Strahan might return to the New York Giants' lineup this weekend against the New Orleans Saints. Strahan has missed the Giants' last six games, five of them losses, because of a foot injury. He participated in individual drills during practices last week but didn't play in...

 

By Mark Maske | December 18, 2006; 07:29 PM ET | Comments (1)

NFC East Living Up to Advance Billing... Sort Of

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.--Remember back when so many people thought the NFC East was going to be a powerhouse division this season? They were right. Sort of. It hasn't been a smooth ride for any of the four NFC East teams this season. But, with two weeks left in the...

 

By Mark Maske | December 18, 2006; 10:12 AM ET | Comments (1)

Barber Says He Won't Reconsider Retirement Decision

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.--Tiki Barber's NFL career is winding down. The New York Giants have two regular season games remaining and, if they don't make the playoffs, they could be Barber's final two games in the NFL. The standout running back said after Sunday's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles that...

 

By Mark Maske | December 18, 2006; 10:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

Strahan Increasing Activity Level

Defensive end Michael Strahan participated in portions of the New York Giants' practice for a second day in a row but remained listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Strahan has missed the last five games because of a foot injury. He participated in individual drills...

 

By Mark Maske | December 14, 2006; 10:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

League Wants to Stay in Stadium-Construction Business

FRISCO, Tex.--The NFL has exhausted the funds in its stadium subsidy program. But Commissioner Roger Goodell said today that the league, the franchise owners and the players' union will study ways to continue to be business partners with teams in stadium construction. The owners today approved two grants from...

 

By Mark Maske | December 7, 2006; 08:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Owners Approve $300 Million Loan to Giants and Jets for New Stadium

FRISCO, Tex.--The NFL's team owners today ratified a $300 million subsidy to aid the New York Giants and New York Jets in building a new stadium in the Meadowlands. The owners voted, 30-2, during a meeting at a resort in this Dallas suburb to approve the request by the...

 

By Mark Maske | December 7, 2006; 01:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Owners to Meet Today and Vote on N.Y. Stadium Loan

The NFL's team owners are scheduled to meet in the Dallas area today and are to take a vote on the request by the New York Giants and New York Jets for a $300 million subsidy from the league's stadium loan program. The two teams are planning to build...

 

By Mark Maske | December 7, 2006; 09:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Arrington Scheduled to Testify Before Congressional Subcommittee Thursday

Injured New York Giants linebacker LaVar Arrington is on the tentative witness list for a hearing of a Congressional subcommittee scheduled for Thursday. The House subcommittee on commercial and administrative law scheduled the hearing to review the NFL Players Association's arbitration system for disciplining agents. Arrington is represented by...

 

By Mark Maske | December 6, 2006; 10:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

Giants' Season Continues To Unravel

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.--The season is slipping away from the New York Giants. They lost their fourth straight game here Sunday by falling to the Dallas Cowboys, 23-20. They're two games behind the Cowboys in the NFC East and, with a record of 6-6, they're still in the thick of...

 

By Mark Maske | December 3, 2006; 11:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giant News Flash: It's the Media's Fault

Every NFL team has it in its playbook to pull out at truly desperate times, and the New York Giants are going to it now: the "blame the media" ploy. After the Giants' fourth-quarter meltdown last Sunday in Tennessee, squandering a 21-point lead to lose to the Titans, injured...

 

By Mark Maske | December 1, 2006; 11:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Owners Expected to Vote Next Week on N.Y. Stadium Loan

The NFL's team owners likely will vote next week on a request by the New York Giants and New York Jets for a $300 million subsidy from the league's stadium loan program to help fund their planned $1.2 billion stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The owners are scheduled to...

 

By Mark Maske | November 29, 2006; 10:06 AM ET | Comments (0)

Reeling Giants Have Players-Only Meeting

New York Giants players called a players-only meeting Monday on the heels of the team's late folding act in a loss Sunday to the Tennessee Titans. Tailback Tiki Barber, center Shaun O'Hara, defensive end Michael Strahan and middle linebacker Antonio Pierce called the meeting and did the bulk of...

 

By Mark Maske | November 28, 2006; 10:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Giants Boost Depth on Injury-Depleted Defensive Line

The New York Giants placed Justin Tuck on the injured reserve list and signed fellow defensive lineman Lance Legree to replace him. Tuck was sidelined by a foot injury and the Giants have been shorthanded at defensive end in recent weeks because starters Michael Strahan and Osi Umenyiora also...

 

By Mark Maske | November 17, 2006; 10:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Injury List Grows for Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.--The New York Giants began Sunday night's game against the Chicago Bears without five starters. They ended the game without seven starters. The Giants lost left tackle Luke Petitgout and cornerback Sam Madison. Petitgout suffered a broken fibula in his left leg in the first half and...

 

By Mark Maske | November 13, 2006; 01:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Toomer's Knee Surgery Scheduled for Friday

New York Giants wide receiver Amani Toomer is scheduled to undergo season-ending knee surgery Friday. He is to have a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee repaired. Toomer opted for surgery instead of attempting to rehabilitate the injury and perhaps play again this season because his...

 

By Mark Maske | November 9, 2006; 10:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giants Have Depth to Possibly Offset Losses of Strahan, Toomer

The New York Giants have lost two big-name veteran players this week. Defensive end Michael Strahan is sidelined for at least two weeks because of a sprained ligament in his foot, and wide receiver Amani Toomer is done for the season because of a partially torn knee ligament. In...

 

By Mark Maske | November 8, 2006; 08:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giants WR Toomer Done for Season

The New York Giants suffered a significant loss today when they learned that wide receiver Amani Toomer will be sidelined for the remainder of the season because of a torn knee ligament. Toomer has a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and plans to undergo season-ending...

 

By Mark Maske | November 8, 2006; 04:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giants Say Strahan Will Be Sidelined 2-4 Weeks

New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan is expected to be sidelined for two to four weeks because of a sprained ligament in his right foot, the team announced today. Strahan was hurt during Sunday's triumph over the Houston Texans, which improved the Giants' record to 6-2 entering next...

 

By Mark Maske | November 6, 2006; 03:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Linebacker-Needy Giants Sign Claiborne

The New York Giants signed linebacker Chris Claiborne today. Claiborne played for the St. Louis Rams last season after previous stints with the Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings. Brandon Short injured his quadriceps muscle during Sunday's triumph over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, six days after fellow Giants linebacker LaVar...

 

By Mark Maske | October 30, 2006; 09:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giants Place Arrington on IR

The Giants made the ending of linebacker LaVar Arrington's season official, placing him on the injured reserve list Thursday. He suffered a torn left Achilles' tendon during Monday night's triumph at Dallas....

 

By Mark Maske | October 27, 2006; 06:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

T. Barber Fires Back

New York Giants tailback Tiki Barber went on the offensive this week against media members who criticized him for saying last week that he planned to retire after the season. On the satellite radio show he hosts Tuesday nights on Sirius with his twin brother, Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback...

 

By Mark Maske | October 26, 2006; 11:47 AM ET | Comments (17)

Bears-Giants Game on Nov. 12 Moved to Nighttime Slot Under Flexible-Scheduling Plan

The Nov. 12 game between the Chicago Bears and New York Giants at Giants Stadium has been moved to 8:15 p.m. It had been scheduled to be played that afternoon. It is the first game to be rescheduled under the league's new flexible-scheduling plan, designed to ensure that NBC...

 

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2006; 02:29 PM ET | Comments (3)

Arrington Laments Ill-Timed End of His Season

IRVING, Tex.--Just when things started working for LaVar Arrington, the linebacker's first season with the New York Giants came to an abrupt end. Arrington had two big plays early in the Giants' 36-22 victory over the Dallas Cowboys here Monday night, then had his season ended when he suffered...

 

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2006; 11:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

T. Barber Not Running Like a Retiree

IRVING, Tex.--New York Giants tailback Tiki Barber ran for 114 yards in Monday night's win over the Dallas Cowboys in his first game since saying last week that he intends to retire following the season. "With Tiki, nothing ever changed," Giants Coach Tom Coughlin said, "no matter what was...

 

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2006; 11:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Pierce Fined for Hit on Vick

The league fined New York Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce $12,500 for a hit on Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick last weekend. Pierce hit Vick near the sideline during the Giants' triumph last Sunday. He was assessed a 15-yard penalty....

 

By Mark Maske | October 20, 2006; 06:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

T. Barber Doesn't Back Down From Retirement Comments

In a conference call today with media members, New York Giants tailback Tiki Barber reiterated his comments--first made Tuesday to the New York Times--that he's leaning toward retiring after this season. The NFL's 31-year-old rushing leader said it was "too early in the year to say it for sure,"...

 

By Mark Maske | October 18, 2006; 09:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

T. Barber Reportedly Contemplating Retirement After This Season

When he arrived in training camp this past summer, New York Giants tailback Tiki Barber talked at length about the possibility of retiring within the next few years to pursue his off-field interests in broadcasting and business. Barber, the NFL's rushing leader, told the New York Times on Tuesday...

 

By Mark Maske | October 18, 2006; 10:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

No Fractures Found in Shockey's Ankle or Foot, According to Giants

Tests of tight end Jeremy Shockey's right foot and ankle showed no fractures, according to the New York Giants. Shockey has been playing with what's thought to be a sprained ankle and he aggravated the injury again during Sunday's triumph over the Washington Redskins at Giants Stadium. He apparently...

 

By Mark Maske | October 10, 2006; 03:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Shockey Undergoing Tests on Injured Ankle

New York Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey is undergoing a series of tests on his ailing right ankle. Shockey originally hurt the ankle in the final preseason game and has tried to play with the injury all season, with mixed success....

 

By Mark Maske | October 10, 2006; 12:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

No Benching of Shockey

New York Giants Coach Tom Coughlin said during a news conference Tuesday that tight end Jeremy Shockey would start Sunday against the Washington Redskins at Giants Stadium if he's physically able to do so. Shockey has been bothered by a sore ankle but participated in Tuesday's practice. Shockey said...

 

By Mark Maske | October 4, 2006; 10:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

Pierce Will Warn Arrington Not to Be Too Emotional Against Redskins

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.--Antonio Pierce knows LaVar Arrington well. The two linebackers once were teammates on the Washington Redskins, and now they're teammates on the New York Giants. Pierce knows that Arrington will be revved up this week as the Giants prepare to face the Redskins on Sunday. It will...

 

By Mark Maske | October 2, 2006; 09:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Shockey's Criticism of Coughlin Sounds Familiar

New York Giants players simply don't like their coach, Tom Coughlin. That was evident again Sunday when tight end Jeremy Shockey criticized Coughlin following the Giants' loss at Seattle. Shockey said the Giants got "outplayed and outcoached," then instructed reporters to "write that down." Shockey's comments echoed the criticism...

 

By Mark Maske | September 25, 2006; 02:52 PM ET | Comments (3)

Stiff Back Causes Burress to Miss Practice

Wide receiver Plaxico Burress sat out the New York Giants' practice today because he had back stiffness. But the Giants expect him to practice Friday and play Sunday in Seattle....

 

By Mark Maske | September 21, 2006; 10:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giants Return to Scene of Noise Bowl

The New York Giants play Sunday in Seattle, the site of the memorable game last season when they lost in overtime after committing 11 false-start penalties amid the din of the Qwest Field crowd. The Giants also watched their kicker, Jay Feely, miss three potential game-winning field goals. Feely's...

 

By Mark Maske | September 21, 2006; 11:12 AM ET | Comments (4)

Blocking Concerns for Giants

PHILADELPHIA--The New York Giants got an uplifting comeback win Sunday in Philadelphia, but they were left with some issues on their offensive line to work out. Quarterback Eli Manning was sacked eight times, and the tailback Tiki Barber found little running room. Barber was limited to 17 rushing yards...

 

By Mark Maske | September 18, 2006; 11:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Signs of Greatness By E. Manning

PHILADELPHIA--Two games into his third pro season, Eli Manning has arrived as an honest-to-goodness NFL star. The youngest member of quarterbacking's first family has been closely scrutinized by NFL observers, of course, since the buildup to the draft when his refusal to play for the San Diego Chargers helped...

 

By Mark Maske | September 18, 2006; 10:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

Defending NFC East Champs Face Quick Crisis

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.--It's early-season crisis time for the New York Giants. They're 0-1 after Sunday night's loss to the Indianapolis Colts, and are scheduled to play at Philadelphia next Sunday in an early NFC East confrontation. "It was one game," veteran defensive end Michael Strahan said late Sunday night....

 

By Mark Maske | September 11, 2006; 07:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

Big Brother Wins But Little Brother Shines Too

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.--In Manning Bowl I, Peyton got the victory but Eli demonstrated that he isn't far away from being one of the league's very best quarterbacks. The Indianapolis Colts, quarterbacked by older brother Peyton Manning, beat the New York Giants of younger brother Eli Manning, 26-21, here Sunday...

 

By Mark Maske | September 11, 2006; 07:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

Manning Overload

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.--The Pittsburgh Steelers showed during last season's playoffs that even Peyton Manning can be rattled by a good pass rush. The Indianapolis Colts' usually unflappable quarterback emerged from his club's loss to the Steelers in an AFC semifinal talking about the blocking problems in front of him....

 

By Mark Maske | September 7, 2006; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (18)

Arrington Still Having Knee Problems

Linebacker LaVar Arrington left a New York Giants' practice early Monday because of swelling in his knee. Arrington's surgically repaired right knee has continued to plague him at times this preseason....

 

By Mark Maske | August 22, 2006; 02:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giants Wondering About O'Hara, Emmons

The New York Giants aren't certain that center Shaun O'Hara will be available for their regular season opener. O'Hara suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee during Thursday's preseason triumph over the Kansas City Chiefs. The Giants also are unsure about the status of linebacker Carlos...

 

By Mark Maske | August 21, 2006; 06:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

Giants Still Looking for DT Help

The New York Giants have felt uncomfortable about their defensive tackle situation ever since losing Kendrick Clancy to the Arizona Cardinals in free agency. Now they're back to looking for free-agent help, studying the possibility of signing either Grady Jackson or Brentson Buckner. Jackson, a nine-year NFL veteran who...

 

By Mark Maske | August 17, 2006; 08:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

Giants Rookie Moss Falling Behind

The New York Giants were ecstatic when they were able to get University of Miami wide receiver Sinorice Moss in the second round of the NFL draft in April. They thought that Moss, the younger brother of Washington Redskins wideout Santana Moss, would bring some much-needed speed and shiftiness...

 

By Mark Maske | August 16, 2006; 08:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Knee Bothering Arrington

Linebacker LaVar Arrington is experiencing soreness in his surgically repaired right knee, leading the New York Giants to curtail his activities. Several of the teams that were interested in Arrington when he was a free agent during the offseason were wary of the condition of his knee. The Giants...

 

By Mark Maske | August 9, 2006; 09:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Shockey Practices

Tight end Jeremy Shockey resumed practicing with the New York Giants today in Albany, N.Y. He hadn't practiced since suffering a concussion on a hit by safety Will Demps last Monday....

 

By Mark Maske | August 6, 2006; 09:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giants Players Still Taking Their Digs at Coughlin

When the New York Giants' training camp began, tailback Tiki Barber said he thought the team's players and Coach Tom Coughlin were drawing together and taking steps toward having a closer relationship. But if that's true, it hasn't been backed up by recent comments made by tight end Jeremy...

 

By Mark Maske | August 3, 2006; 10:07 AM ET | Comments (11)

Shockey Has Concussion

New York Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey suffered a mild concussion during a practice Monday, according to the team. He was hurt on a hit by safety Will Demps....

 

By Mark Maske | August 1, 2006; 01:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Arrington's Anger Still on Regular Display

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Some leftovers from the New York Giants' opening day of practices Friday at their training camp at the University at Albany: Linebacker LaVar Arrington says he no longer is bitter about the circumstances surrounding his departure from the Washington Redskins. "I'm so over it," he said. "I...

 

By Mark Maske | July 31, 2006; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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