Shockey should see action

Jim Fassel said he expects Jeremy Shockey to return to the field without missing a beat Sunday when the Giants open their regular season with a home game against the St. Louis Rams. Shockey, the sensational second-year tight end, caught just two preseason passes before missing the final two games with a cracked rib. <BR><BR>

"Jeremy is a natural player," Fassel said. "He's one of those guys that's a rare breed. He's such a competitor that when he goes out to play in a game, you don't have to wait for him to catch fire. He's going to be on fire when he plays. Some guys have to get back into the aggressive approach and the fire of the game, but that's not going to be his problem. And he has a great feel for the game. I think he'll be fine."

Shockey, who has mostly avoided the media since making controversial statements in a couple of magazines last month, made a brief statement today and headed back into meetings without taking questions.

"I felt definitely like I've been out and I've got some things to work on," Shockey said. "I'm doing my part getting healthy, and that's really all I can say right now. We don't know about the Rams, because they haven't played a game. I don't think they know much about us, because this is our first game.. On my behalf, I know I'm doing treatments and everything I should be doing to get myself healthy, staying in shape and everything."

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