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The Drama Queen Returns – Strahan to Report to Giants on Monday: According to his agent, DE Michael Strahan will report to the Giants on Monday, ending his his holdout which began near the end of July when camp started.
The Giants had no comment.
Editor’s Note: Why did Strahan hold out? Everyone has a theory. The reason does not really matter. What matters is that he let his teammates, his coaches, team management, and his fans down. It remains to be seen how much of a disruption and distraction Strahan will prove, similar the Tiki Barber situation last season. I have no doubt that Strahan can still make a big impact on the football field, but it may not be a good thing that he is back. We shall see.
Giants Will Announce Roster Moves Around 6PM: The Giants are scheduled to issue a press release around 6PM today announcing the roster moves the team will take to reduce the roster from 75 to 53.
Injury Report: WR Plaxico Burress who has been plagued with injury issues for the bulk of the offseason says he is feeling good and will play against Dallas. Burress had offseason surgery on one ankle, sprained the other in training camp, and has experienced back spasms. Burress did not play in the preseason.
“This is the best I’ve felt all offseason and training camp,” Burress said. “I haven’t felt any better than the way I feel right now for the past four or five months…I just hope I can keep feeling this way. The main thing for me is going out and practicing two days back-to-back. That’s my goal for next week, to make it through next week in practice and get to the game healthy. I haven’t been able to do that. It’s been a little frustrating at times. But I try to keep my spirit high and keep fighting. My goal right now is to go out and practice consecutively.”
But Plaxico did warn that his back issues could return. “I never know when it’s going to come it’s so unpredictable,” said Burress. “Right now I’m working on my core to prevent it from coming back. I don’t want it to come back again. When I get it, it just shuts me down.”
“I’m not concerned as far as (knowing) the plays and things like that,” Burress said. “I’m more concerned about my endurance. I haven’t played. Going out and playing 65-70 plays next week…I’m not going to be doing a whole lot of talking next week, that’s for sure. When you see me my mouth’s going to be closed, trying to get all the oxygen I can get. I’m going to be little winded at times. I’m going to have to work a little harder to get back to where I need to be.”
Back-up LT Guy Whimper suffered a high ankle sprain to his right ankle against the Patriots on Thursday night. “He actually walked pretty well today,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “So we’ll see.”
According to Newsday, CB Sam Madison (hamstring) has been doing some straight ahead running, but nothing more. The paper speculates he will be out a couple of more weeks.
Newsday also says that S Will Demps (elbow) has full range back in arm.
Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Friday 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 Various Player Media Q&A Sessions: The video of the media Q&A sessions with the following players from yesterday is available at Giants.com: