Giants trim roster - We have it here first

There were a handful of surprises when Jim Fassel told his players Saturday morning who would be staying and who wouldn't.<BR><BR>

For one, disgruntled RB Ron Dayne will remain in Giants blue in 2003.

However, two of New York's key off-season signings - snapper Ryan Kuehl and K Mike Hollis - will not help out this season. Kuehl, who needs surgery on his elbow, is head to Injured Reserve. Hollis, who has problems with two discs in his back, is going to seek a second opinion before going under the knife. But it appears that his services will be lost to Big Blue for the entire year as well.

The rest of the cuts are unofficial since Fassel has until 4 p.m. Sunday to alert the league of his moves. Those who were told they were either going to be released or reach an injury settlement then let go included G Tam Hopkins, who entered camp as a starter; FB Charles Stackhouse, who was the starter last year; CB Rod Babers, the club's fourth-round pick; and DE Frank Ferrara, who attempted to defy the odds one too many times. The other cuts were OT Barrett Brooks, LB Josh Hotchkiss, S Calvin Spears, S Clarence LeBlanc, TE Darnell Dinkins, DE Radell Lockhart, WR Daryl Jones, P Steve Cheek and G Omar Smith.

Finally, WR Ron Dixon was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list, where he'll remain for at least six weeks.

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