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Giants.com Goes Wireless!
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Arbitrator rules against T.O., upholds suspension

PHILADELPHIA -- Terrell Owens' season is effectively over after an arbitrator ruled Wednesday that the Philadelphia Eagles were justified in suspending him for four games.

Arbitrator Richard Bloch wrote that the Eagles clearly proved that the suspension was justified, and were within their right to pay their All-Pro receiver but not allow him to return "due to the nature of his conduct and its destructive and continuing threat to the team."

"We couldn't have written it any better ourselves," an Eagles official told ESPN's Sal Paolantonio.

Bloch heard more than 13 hours of testimony last week. Owens' side argued the penalty is excessive and the Eagles' decision to deactivate him is too severe. Owens wanted to be reinstated to the Eagles or released so he can sign with another team.

"We are pleased that the arbitrator has upheld the right of a club to suspend a player for conduct detrimental to the club," said Harold Henderson, the NFL's head of labor relations.

The players union said in a statement that it was disappointed with the decision, which it believes ignores the contract's limits on team discipline. "We are confident that we put in a winning case at the hearing last Friday," the statement said, "and we still believe Terrell Owens had a right to a legitimate reinstatement."

Owens was suspended Nov. 5 after he again criticized quarterback Donovan McNabb, called the organization "classless" and fought with former teammate Hugh Douglas, who serves as team "ambassador."

Two days later, the Eagles extended the suspension to four games and told Owens not to return. The reigning conference champions are 0-3 without Owens and 4-6 overall, last in the NFC East.

Owens has five years remaining on a seven-year, $48.97 million contract that he signed when he came to Philadelphia in March 2004. His problems started when he demanded a new contract after an outstanding season in which he caught 77 passes for 1,200 yards and 14 touchdowns, helping the Eagles reach the Super Bowl.

With Owens, the Eagles are 17-5 over two seasons. Without him, they're 2-5, including two meaningless losses and two playoff wins.

Theismann on T.O. ruling

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I agree with the arbitrator's decision in this case. I don't believe the union should have the ability to make the Eagles play Terrell Owens at all. This was the right decision by the arbitrator, and it follows the Eagles' correct decision to suspend T.O. That said, we now should start looking at his future. Obviously he won't be with the Eagles next season. He walked across that bridge with jet fuel and a lighter, and now there's no turning back.

It's interesting that this ruling would come down the day before two teams that I think he'd be perfect with play each other. The Dallas Cowboys or the Denver Broncos would be a perfect match for Owens.
 

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Giants GM Accorsi to return next season

New York Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi, architect of a team that currently shares the lead in the NFC East but also a man who has termed himself "on the back nine" of his long NFL career, will return to the team for at least one more season.

After speaking openly about retirement for the past two years and hinting that this might be his final season in the league, Accorsi has signed a contract extension that will bring him back for at least one more year. His previous contract was scheduled to expire at the end of his season. The team did not divulge the length of the new deal.

Accorsi said he will determine his future on a year-to-year basis now.

The return of Accorsi, 64, is key to a franchise that lost both its co-owners, Wellington Mara and Robert Tisch, in the past month. Accorsi's mother, Mary Accorsi, also passed away in recent weeks.

"Due to the circumstances, and all that's happened, [the Giants] just didn't need another change," Accorsi said. "We need stability. After all this, they shouldn't have to look for a general manager right now, too."

The lure of possibly claiming the Giants' first division title since 2000, and of perhaps going deep into the playoffs and making a run at a Super Bowl appearance, also entered into Accorsi's decision. A noted sports historian, and a man whose passion for the game is matched by few, Accorsi raised the circumstances of former baseball stars Stan Musial and Don Mattingl -- both of whom retired a year before their respective franchises won championships -- while discussing his decision with one New York-area newspaper.

Accorsi has served as the Giants' general manager since 1998, succeeding the late George Young in that role. He joined the franchise in 1994 as assistant general manager. He was previously the general manager of the Baltimore Colts (1982-83) and of the Cleveland Browns (1985-92).

As architect of the rebuilding of the Giants, he has assembled a young and emerging team by revamping the roster. Perhaps his most notable move was the historic trade to acquire quarterback Eli Manning during the first round of the 2004 draft.

"First of all," Accorsi said of his decision to delay retirement, "I feel OK. I'm not burned out or anything. Plus, I think we have something going here with this team. And it's just really hard to walk out at a time like this. If they wanted me to stay, I was not going to leave."
 

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Giants Stadium sets aside prayer spaces after flap

NEWARK, N.J. -- A special area for people who want to pray will be set aside at Giants Stadium, where several Muslim fans were detained and questioned by the FBI in September, the stadium operator said Tuesday.

Sohail Mohammed, lawyer for the Totowa-based American Muslim Union, met Sunday with officials from the sports complex, private vendors and the FBI to educate them about the cultural and religious practices of Islam.

George Zoffinger, president of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, said he agreed to designate areas to pray at the football stadium and the nearby Continental Airlines Arena.

"We took it seriously. We did not like the connotation that we were profiling. We weren't," he said.

The FBI said it detained five Muslim men Sept. 19 because they were in a sensitive area near the stadium's main air intake duct.

The men said they had been praying, and said they believed they had been singled out because of their faith.

Security was extra tight that night because former President Bush was on hand as part of a fundraising campaign for victims of Hurricane Katrina.
 

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Giants Give Thanks, Give Back


“Think of giving not as a duty, but as a privilege,” advised philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, Jr. It was with this mindset that Giants fans and players went about making an impact in the tri-state area this week in honor of Thanksgiving.


OL Kareem McKenzie and DT Damane Duckett sort and repackage donated items at the Food Bank of NYC in the Bronx on Tuesday.


RB Ryan Grant and OL Lewis Kelly show their talents in the kitchen at Goodwill Rescue Mission.


Many Giants fans made generous donations during the Giants food Drive prior to the game against the Eagles.

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Feagles on Verge of History
On Sunday in Seattle, Giants punter Jeff Feagles will become to the NFL what Cal Ripken is in Major League Baseball, the most prolific iron man in his sport’s history. Feagles, the Giants’ punter, will play in his 283rd consecutive game, breaking the NFL record set by Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jim Marshall from 1960-79.
 

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Tuesday Stats Review


Tiki Barber continues to soar into rarified air into which few running backs have ventured. Barber rushed for his 8,000th career yard in Sunday’s 24-21 overtime loss in Seattle. The previous week, Barber picked up his 500th reception. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is one of just seven backs in NFL history – and one of only two active players - with at least 8,000 rushing yards and 500 catches. For more statistical news and notes, check out Michael Eisen's Tuesday Stats Review!

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Feagles Breaks Record
When Jeff Feagles punted with 7:35 remaining in the first quarter, he officially played in his 283rd consecutive game, a new NFL record. Former Minnesota defensive end Jim Marshall had held the old mark of 282 since retiring in 1979. Marshall played for Cleveland and Minnesota. Referee Larry Nemmers shook hands with Feagles and presented him with the record-setting ball. Feagles, 39, has not missed a game in his 18 year career with New England, Philadelphia, Arizona, Seattle and the Giants.
 

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Practice Report for Thursday, Dec. 1

Manning set for biggest game yet; Fans encouraged to carpool and arrive early.

“This is what you play for. You want to play in big games that mean a lot and have importance on the whole season and that is what we’re doing. This is the start of many more. So we just have to go out there and do our best and play hard and try to find a way to win.”
- QB Eli Manning

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Chat with QB Eli Manning!
Verizon Wireless and the Giants have teamed up to host a live moderated chat with quarterback Eli Manning. Eli will answer your questions live on 12/20 at 2pm!
 

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P Jeff Feagles is the NFL’s career leader with 1,423 punts.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The two most prolific punters in NFL history will share the same field Sunday when the Giants visit the Eagles in Philadelphia.

P Jeff Feagles is the NFL’s career leader with 1,423 punts.
Jeff Feagles and Sean Landeta have played a combined 564 games over 39 NFL seasons. Landeta broke into the league in 1985 with the Giants. He joined the Rams in 1993, Tampa Bay in 1997, Green Bay in 1998, Philadelphia the following year, returned to St. Louis in 2003 and '04 and was signed for a second stint with the Eagles last week. Feagles, whose career began in 1988 in New England, also played for Philadelphia, Arizona and Seattle before signing with the Giants in 2003.

Feagles is the NFL’s career leader with 1,423 punts. Landeta, who punted eight times in his 2005 debut on Monday night, is second with 1,375. Lee Johnson, who ended his career with the Eagles in 2002, is next in line with 1,226. The closest active player is Pittsburgh’s Chris Gardocki, with 1,093 career punts.

Feagles is also the all-time leader with 451 punts downed inside the 20. Landeta is a distant second with 375.

The two renowned punters are closest in career yardage. Feagles began the season in second place, 2,462 yards behind his rival. Because Landeta did not play his first game until last night, Feagles gradually pulled closer and finally took the lead on Sunday. But Philadelphia’s outing against Seattle gave Landeta plenty of chances to punt, and he had 297 yards, moving him back in front of Feagles, 59,521-59,279. Their combined output of 118,800 yards equals 67.5 miles.
 

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Westbrook done for season with Lis Franc injury

PHILADELPHIA -- Running back Brian Westbrook will miss the rest of the season with a foot injury, the fourth Pro Bowl player the Philadelphia Eagles have lost for the season in the last month.

Brian Westbrook
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2005 SEASON STATISTICS
Rush Yds TD Rec Yds TD
156 617 3 61 616 4


Westbrook injured his foot in the first half of Monday night's 42-0 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. An MRI exam Tuesday confirmed Westbrook has a Lis Franc injury, an injury more common in automobile accidents and equestrian sports.

Westbrook joins quarterback Donovan McNabb (sports hernia), cornerback Lito Sheppard (ankle) and left tackle Tra Thomas on the injured list.

The Eagles also are without All-Pro wideout Terrell Owens, who was suspended four games for conduct detrimental to the team and told not to return.

Westbrook signed a five-year contract extension worth almost $25 million last month. He had been unhappy with his deal and held out the first week of training camp.

Westbrook leads the Eagles with 617 yards rushing and three touchdowns. He also had a team-high 61 catches for 616 yards and four TDs.

A fourth-year pro from Villanova, Westbrook had a breakout year in 2004 with 812 yards rushing and 73 catches for 703 yards in 13 games. He signed a one-year restricted free agent offer for $1.43 million in the offseason.

Westbrook missed just one game because of injury last year, with a broken rib, and missed only one regular-season game in both 2002 and 2003. He did miss the postseason two years ago with a torn triceps.

Rookie Ryan Moats likely will take Westbrook's spot, though he could share time with Lamar Gordon and Reno Mahe.

Moats has 16 carries for 50 yards, and lost a fumble that was returned for a score against Seattle.

Eagles tight end Chad Lewis and free safety Brian Dawkins each have overcome similar foot injuries.

The reigning NFC champion Eagles are last in the NFC East at 5-7.
 

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The Great Collide


Jon Runyan "stokes my fire," says chief nemesis Michael Strahan. "He doesn't take any plays off," counters Runyan. When the Eagles and Giants square off, the duo's head games and violent encounters ensue.

Rivals share respect, understanding of each other

PHILADELPHIA -- They first met eight years ago, when the world was young and their knees and shoulders didn't ache nearly so much.

On Sunday, Giants left defensive end Michael Strahan and Eagles right offensive tackle Jon Runyan meet for the 13th time. It is a classic, cosmic collision featuring an extremely irresistible force and a thoroughly immovable object.

The Giants lead the NFC East with a surprising 8-4 record, while Philadelphia, the defending NFC champion, is struggling at 5-7 and is coming off a disturbing 42-0 home loss to the Seahawks. For these two proud men, however, records don't matter much.

BATTLE IN THE TRENCHES
When the Giants and Eagles meet, one of the marquee matchups is Michael Strahan vs. Jon Runyan. Take an inside look at the competitors. Also, watch Greg Garber's piece on the pair on ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown (11 ET).
• Old adversaries
It's personal for these division rivals. Very personal. Several weeks ago, the two Pro Bowl players agreed to sit down and discuss their most notable, most effective one-on-one opponent.

"Holds a lot," said Strahan of Runyan, laughing. "Extremely strong. Competitive, and probably the one guy that I've played who probably stokes my fire just about more than anyone else."

"It's not holding until it gets called," Runyan countered. "You can't hold him anyway, because I think his jersey is painted on."

They kid each other easily, but it is clear from the tone of their words that respect is a significant part of the equation. Strahan, at 34, plays these days at 6-foot-5, 253 pounds. Runyan, who stands just over 6-7, is 32 and weighs 320. Strahan, one of the best pass-rushers in NFL history, has a primary objective: reach the passer. It is Runyan's job to neutralize him.

"I would compare pass-rushing to playing chess," Strahan said. "You just try to set up a guy to do what you want him to do at the right moment. You have to want to get the quarterback more than he wants to keep you off of him. Your desire has to be greater than an offensive lineman's."

Yet, it takes much more from Runyan than desire to keep Strahan away from his intended target.

Strahan vs. Runyan
Meeting Result
WK 11,1997 Giants at Titans 4T, 0 sacks (Titans, 10-6)
WK 2, 2000 Giants at Eagles 4T, ½ sacks (Giants, 33-18)
WK 9, 2000 Eagles at Giants 2T, 0 sacks (Giants 24-7)
Division Playoff Eagles atGiants 4T, 2.0 sacks (Giants, 20-10)
WK 6, 2001 Eagles at Giants 4T, 2 sacks (Eagles, 10-9)
WK 16, 2001 Giants at Eagles 6T, 3½ sacks (Eagles 24-21)
WK 8, 2002 Giants at Eagles 6T, ½ sacks (Eagles, 17-3)
WK 17, 2002 Eagles at Giants 7T, 0 sacks (Giants, 10-7 OT)
WK 7, 2003 Eagles at Giants 5T, 2.0 sacks (Eagles, 14-10)
WK 11, 2003 Giants at Eagles 1T, 0 sacks (Eagles, 28-10)
WK 1, 2004 Giants at Eagles 4T, 1.0 sacks (Eagles, 31-17)
WK 11, 2005 Eagles at Giants 5T, 0.0 sacks (Giants, 27-17)
Strahan: 11½ total sacks

"The biggest thing," Runyan said, "is to get hands on people. I have athletic ability, but I'm not the most athletic tackle out there. I was big in math and sciences in school; those things came easy to me. I just play the geometry game, play the angles, get in front of them and take away their angles."

Cataclysmic collision
Strahan is an exceptional combination of speed and power, and he has the numbers to prove it.
In 2001, he set an NFL single-season record with 22½ sacks. In 187 career games, Strahan has recorded 127½ sacks. Through 12 games this season, Strahan has 9½ sacks, tied for No. 4 in the league. Osi Umenyiora, the Giants' right defensive end, is tied for the league lead with 11. He has benefited from opposing offenses' general philosophy of double-teaming Strahan, who is only five sacks behind the Giants' all-time leader, Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor.

In their first meeting this season, three weeks ago at Giants Stadium, Strahan was held without a sack -- but the Giants won 27-17. In their 12 meetings, Runyan's team has won seven.

Offensive linemen, like baseball umpires, are better served by anonymity. Runyan, nonetheless, has developed some nice numbers. He played in the 2002 Pro Bowl and is currently working on a streak of 140 consecutive games, including 16 playoff contests, all the way back to 1997, his second season with the Tennessee Titans.

According to the official statistics, Strahan has produced 11½ sacks in the dozen games he has faced Runyan. It's possible not all of those can be attributed to Runyan. The Eagles' protection schemes often call for the right guard to help Runyan and sometimes the tight ends and fullbacks are involved. All things considered, Runyan has held his own.

"I'll take that to the bank any day of the week," Runyan said, laughing. "And he makes a lot more money than I do."

After a standout career at Michigan and four seasons in Tennessee, Runyan was signed by the Eagles as a coveted free agent in 2000. This provided enormous incentive for Strahan.

"I was told that they signed him to stop me," said Strahan, who has spent his whole 13-year career with the Giants. "And it bothered me. Somebody could have lied, but it really worked. Still bothers me."

Fastball, curve, changeup
Pass-rushers are similar to pitchers. There are only a few basic pitches; it's how you vary their speed and location that matters.
Strahan acknowledged that he has three basic moves: (1) the straight-ahead bull rush; (2) the fake bull rush, swipe-your-hand-away-and-go-outside move; and (3) the fake bull rush/fake swipe and come back inside move.

"I always have to have a plan because he's the guy who you can't let him get his hands on you," Strahan said. "Once he latches onto you, it's over."

The element of surprise is critical.

"I run over you, the power sets you up," Strahan said. "If I power someone, keep bulling a guy, in your head, you're thinking, 'How do I let this little guy push me back to the quarterback? It's embarrassing.' So after two or three times of that, and when I come up and look like I'm going to power you, and you set your feet and you shoot your hands, then I can chop your hands and go outside.

"Then I'll come up and power you again. I'll come up, and I may chop your hands, and you may beat me twice on that, but then I'll come up a third time and I'll chop your hands and you think I'll go outside -- but then I'll come inside on you."

The shortest distance to the quarterback, obviously, is the inside route. During the game, Strahan waits and searches for the critical time when he can take that destructive path.

At the same time, Runyan, who is significantly bigger but slower, is trying to lure Strahan into the vortex that is his massive body.

"There'll be times when you hit each other exactly the same and nothing will happen," Runyan said. "You'll just be standing there -- and ultimately, that's just what you want. That is my battle when I play Michael, is getting to that point and being square and being low, and giving him nothing but to run through me. That is my objective."

Runyan's fondest memory against Strahan came in his second game with the Eagles in Week 9 of the 2000 season.

"He came up inside me, and I had him," Runyan said. "I took him all the way to the other tackle, and I put him on his back. I kind of fell off him and he got up screaming, and punching me in the back and hitting me in the back of the head. And he was standing over the top of me and I scooped his knee and I picked him up and slammed him.

"It was like, 'I'm here to play, too.'"

However, Strahan got redemption two months later in the playoffs, and the meeting changed Runyan's approach forever. The two teams had already faced each other twice and Strahan had managed only one-half of a sack. On that day at Giants Stadium, Strahan was dominant.

One of his two sacks was memorable.

"You see little old me mosey off the ball, give a little shake and shimmer, punch him, a mountain of a man … and the mountain crumbles down," Strahan recalled, beaming. "Then I basically step on his chest, hit Donovan [McNabb] in his chest, Donovan fumbles the ball and we recover. Now, I'm not trying to downgrade him, because he's a great player, but that was just an incredible thing to happen. Every time I see it, I smile and say, 'Wow, that was pretty good.'"

That game, which the Giants won 20-10 on their way to Super Bowl XXXV, prompted Runyan to rethink his position.

"He ran me over two times in a row and forced two fumbles in that game," Runyan said. "I'm coming out high and he hits you high and you're doing nothing but coming straight over backwards. That is not a good feeling.

"I don't get into the two-point stance anymore. I had to take out the thigh boards in my pads because they were digging into my ribs, because I start so low in my stance now. If you watch the film from behind, I play lower than most guards and centers."

The goal of both players: to control the leverage between them.

"It's a dance, and you want to be the lead," Strahan said. "I'm leading in the tango, and you try to be the guy who's swinging and dipping.

"You don't want to be the one who gets dipped."

Said Runyan, "There's a point where you can lean on a guy and use your body weight on him, but if you lean too far, he can use it against you. If you turn your shoulders, he's going to set that up and come right back inside on you -- that's his move."

Gaining command of that leverage, in the speed of a collision, can be a matter of a few inches, or a few pounds. In a fierce and sometimes brutal game between two battle-tested adversaries, superior footwork and finesse often prevail.

Both players have made concessions to the advancing years.

Strahan lost 20 pounds during the offseason because he felt the need to compensate for a loss of speed. Runyan consciously lost 10 pounds to help his body recover more quickly from games.

"The body just doesn't let you maul people anymore," Runyan said. "You've just got to dance with people like that."
 

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Feagles Earns Honors
P Jeff Feagles has been named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance during the Giants 17-10 victory over the Dallas Cowboys Sunday. Feagles averaged 44.7 yards on six punts, dropping two punts inside the 20. His first punt of the day was downed by WR David Tyree at the Dallas two-yard line Then with less than two minutes remaining and the Giants clinging to a seven-point lead, Feagles’ 49-yard punt was downed by Tyree at the Dallas four.

http://www.giants.com/news/eisen/story.asp?story_id=12020- Feagles Earns Honors

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Tailgate Report Returns!
Check out this week's Giants.com Tailgate Report to see how Giants fans got ready for the Giants BIG win over the Dallas Cowboys by showcasing some of the best tailgating in the NFL! From helping hands to hand-warmers, we've featured the best of the Giants Stadium parking lots this past Sunday and brought it all together!

http://www.giants.com/news/eisen/story.asp?story_id=12080 - Practice Report for Thursday

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Coughlin's Corner for Week 14
In this week's Coughlin's Corner, Coach Coughlin talks about preparing for the final stretch, preparing for the Eagles and playing in the cold weather.

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Giants Honor Tisch
Bob Tisch was an enormously successful businessman, a big-hearted and tremendously generous philanthropist, a postmaster general, a friend of presidents, governors and mayors and a nonpareil New York City mover and shaker. Tisch, it seemed, could accomplish just about anything. Just ask Tiki Barber. “I think Bob’s greatest feat,” Barber said, “was that as a Southern boy from Virginia, he made me feel Jewish.” Barber’s quip was one of many memorable lines delivered during a loving celebration of Tisch’s life friday at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center.
 

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Coughlin Updates Injuries



December 13, 2005

“Antonio Pierce has a high ankle sprain. His status is going to be week to week, and I think his availability for this week would be doubtful at best. Luke Petitgout and Kareem McKenzie have been getting treatment for their injuries since Monday morning. They will continue to treat their injuries. They will basically be day to day, but we’re hopeful that they will be better by the end of the week. Luke’s back problems are very similar to the issues he has had in the past, and Kareem strained his hamstring. William Joseph also has an ankle sprain, and Jamaar Taylor has a bruise to his knee. We'll just see how it goes with the two of them. Other than that, we have the normal bumps and bruises and nicks that you would expect at this time of year.”

Get better as soon as possible.
 

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Giants LB Pierce doubtful for Chiefs game

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (Dec. 13, 2005) -- New York Giants middle linebacker Antonio Pierce has a high ankle sprain and likely will not be available to play against the Kansas City Chiefs on Dec. 17.

The Giants updated the condition of Pierce along with the status of starting tackles Luke Petitgout and Kareem McKenzie and defensive tackle William Joseph. All four were injured Dec. 11 in New York's 26-23 overtime victory at Philadelphia.

Coach Tom Coughlin did not speak to reporters even though the Giants had a scheduled practice. Instead, he released a statement that described Pierce's status as week to week.

"His availability for this week would be doubtful at best," Coughlin said in the statement.

Petitgout, suffering from back spasms, and McKenzie, sidelined with a strained hamstring, were classified as day to day. Petitgout did not discuss his injury with reporters, but McKenzie sounded hopeful about playing against the Chiefs.

"It's day to day, so obviously it can't be that bad," he said. "The main thing is not to push too far and set myself back."

Joseph sprained his ankle in his first game back after missing three games with a dislocated elbow. No timetable was given for his return.

Dooch: Please god let them be playable and let their pains go away. We are going to have to step up a lot on both ends of the football.
 
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