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BBI Article on the Giants and the 2008 NFL Draft: A Very Preliminary Look at the Giants Draft Options for 2008 by Colin Lindsay of the Great Blue North Draft Report for BigBlueInteractive.com
Strahan Decision Coming Soon? Maybe Not; Has Book Coming Out: According to the Giants, DE Michael Strahan called General Manager Jerry Reese on Monday night and Tuesday morning and told him that a decision on whether he will be returning to the Giants or not will be forthcoming shortly. The New York Post is reporting that this is the first contact between the Giants and Strahan in more than two weeks.
“Michael Strahan called him last night and again (Tuesday) morning,” read a team e-mail sent to reporters . “Both conversations were constructive and positive. This morning’s conversation ended with Strahan telling Jerry that he expects to arrive at a decision about whether or not to continue his playing career within the next day or two.”
However, The Daily News Giants’ blog is reporting that a source familiar with Strahan’s thinking say that Strahan has not indicated that he is close to making up his mind. A source suggests that the “imminent decision” announcement was a ploy on the behalf of the Giants to get Strahan to make a decision soon. The Star-Ledger is reporting that one source told it that Strahan was not happy with the Giants releasing the time frame and this latest development may sway him more towards retirement as he feels “disrespected”.
Meanwhile, The Bergen Record is reporting, that like Tiki Barber, Strahan as a book coming out soon. That makes one wonder if all of this drama is intended to increase public interest in the book.
Editor’s Note: As a point of interest, BigBlueInteractive.com will not be promoting/selling either Strahan’s or Barber’s books in our BBI Storefront. I am not interested in helping two people who are hurting my favorite team. It may only amount to a drop in the bucket, but I’m tired (and I think most Giants’ fans are tired) of their shenanigans. I suggest that Giant fans don’t buy the books.
Giants Place LS Ryan Kuehl on Injured Reserve: The Giants placed long snapper Ryan Kuehl on Injured Reserve yesterday. His season is over. Kuehl suffered a calf injury on July 31 though some press reports say he actually partially tore his Achilles.
Because of this move, we have updated the Roster section of the website.
Kuehl is the eighth Giant to be placed on Injured Reserve, joining FB Jim Finn, WR Michael Jennings, S Michael Stone, TE Darcy Johnson, DT Marcus Bell, DE Charrod Taylor, and DE Dek Bake.
Injury Report: WR Plaxico Burress (back) did not practice yesterday and is listed as “day-to-day”. The New York Post is reporting that tests on Burress’ back revealed no structural damage, but he apparently is still suffering from back spasms. “They kept him inside, which they usually do when a guy has got a back, so he doesn’t have to stand around on the field,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “They were working with him during the start of the practice, then they iced him down and did his exercises with him I am going to say he is (out) for now (against the Patriots), but who knows?”
Those who did not practice yesterday and will not play against the Patriots include WR David Tyree (wrist), FB Robert Douglas (knee), CB Sam Madison (hamstring), CB E.J. Underwood (jaw), S Will Demps (elbow), and LB Gerris Wilkinson (knee).
Those who did not practice and are listed as “day-to-day” include LB Kawika Mitchell (abductor), CB Kevin Dockery (hamstring), CB Gerrick McPhearson (ankle), S Michael Johnson (hamstring), DE Adrian Awasom (hip), and OC Grey Ruegamer (ankle).
Regarding Tyree, who had surgery on his fractured left wrist, Coughlin said, “He feels good. He is in good spirits. I talked with him this morning. Dave is an optimist and he thinks he will be back sooner than anybody projects, so we will see.”
Mitchell says he is feeling better and plans on returning to practice on Monday or Tuesday in preparation for the season-opener against the Cowboys.
DT Manny Wright left practice early due to dehydration.
Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Tuesday Press Conference: The transcript of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s press conference from yesterday is available at Giants.com. The video of the media session is also available.
Video of Media Q&A Session with LB Kawika Mitchell: The video of the media Q&A session with LB Kawika Mitchell from yesterday is available at Giants.com.
Article on WR Anthony Mix: Injuries Make Room for WR Mix by Michael Eisen of Giants.com
Article on HB/FB Reuben Droughns: Full-Time for Droughns (Two Pages) by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post