Nov 302006

November 29, 2006 New York Giants Injury Report: DE Osi Umenyiora (hip flexor), LB Brandon Short (quad), and CB Sam Madison (hamstring), and WR Sinorice Moss (quad) all practiced yesterday. All four are officially listed as “questionable” for the game against the Cowboys on Sunday.

“I feel like I’m ready to play,” Short said. “They wouldn’t put me out there if I wasn’t ready to go, so I’m ready to play.”

DE Michael Strahan (foot) participated in individual drills and participated briefly in the 9-on-7 run defense portion of practice. “I think he’s close (to participating in team drills),” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin before practice. “I think he’s close, but we’re going to have to put him through the maneuvers and then see how he feels and see how he feels (Thursday) morning as well…Let me have a day to see what we do out there before I say anything about (the possibility of him playing on Sunday against Dallas).” Officially, Strahan is listed as “doubtful” for the game.

MLB Antonio Pierce (knee – probable), LB Carlos Emmons (groin – questionable), CB Corey Webster (turf toe – questionable), SS Gibril Wilson (shoulder – questionable), and LT Luke Petitgout (fractured fibula – out) did not practice. “(Pierce) has some swelling in a knee that is better today than it was the other day, so he’ll be ready to go (on Thursday),” said Coughlin.

When Coughlin was asked if Webster might return to practice this week, he responded, “I don’t know. We’ll go day by day on that and we’ll see.”

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Notes and Quotes: P Jeff Feagles said that his family’s decision to move from Arizona to New Jersey in the offseason means that he will likely be back with the Giants in 2007. “There’s definitely an opportunity to come back,” said Feagles.

MLB Antonio Pierce on the importance of crowd noise when the Giants are on defense: “It’s very critical. For one, when the quarterback’s trying to communicate, the offensive line’s trying to communicate – when he can’t hear them, that causes a lot of problems. Guys jumping offsides, anything like that. It just gets the defense pumped up.”

DE Michael Strahan on crowd noise: “Sometimes it can be so loud that it totally discombobulates you – you don’t know exactly what your play is, what’s happening. Offensive linemen will get off the ball and give the defense a total advantage. I think it’s demoralizing to the opponent and energizing to the home team.”

Dallas WR Terrell Owens on WR Plaxico Burress, who criticized Owens’ toughness after the Giants’ win in Dallas earlier this year: “Yeah, we’ll get (Plaxico) this week. We’ll get him this week. All I know is, everybody, (our) defense has been hitting some people, kind of laying the wood a little bit. I’m pretty sure they have been watching the film so he better watch out.”

Owens on TE Jeremy Shockey, who said there was no way the Cowboys beat the Giants if the Giants play well: “(Shockey) was just popping off at the mouth. Whatever he needs to do to spark that team and probably try to get a rise out of us. He is not going to do it. Right now he is frustrated. What they should really be focusing on trying to do is get off that losing streak. And I don’t foresee it happening this weekend.”

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