Giants News and Notes

One of the players the Giants defense could least afford to lose – starting right CB Will Peterson – could be out for the season.<BR><BR>

Peterson has a stress fracture in a vertebrae in his lower back. He will be sidelined for six weeks, at the very minimum.

"The injury is not a big deal, except I'm going to miss some time," he said. "The good thing is we caught it before it broke all the way through, and it's going to heal on its own. It takes time. They said it's like watching grass grow. It could be anywhere from six weeks to 12 weeks."

In Peterson's place steps Ralph Brown, who had been the team's nickel back. Brown made his fourth career start against Philadelphia.

"I just have to prepare to play four quarters," said Brown, a fourth-year pro from Nebraska. "I've been preparing as a nickel corner and studying the slot receivers. Now I have to prepare for a different position and prepare to play four quarters. I don't want to try to do too much. I just want to play solid and not lose the game for us."

Kato Serwanga and Ryan Clark will now handle the nickel and dime back duties.

Peterson was hurt in the Giants' 23-10 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Oct. 5.

He had soreness in his back, but not enough to prevent him from playing Oct. 12 in New England. When the pain persisted, he underwent a variety of tests, including a CAT scan and an MRI. The doctors then found the stress fracture.

The long-term prognosis is good. But Peterson must remain inactive, or the injury could become more severe.

"It will heal and it is already showing signs of healing," head coach Jim Fassel said. "The problem is if he keeps going, it could become a complete fracture. He's going to need rest. There's nothing else to do. The good news is, it's healing. The bad news is, it's probably going to take another month. The future for him is fine. But you can't have him going right now."

Peterson was fourth on the team with 28 total tackles, including 20 solo stops. He had a season-high nine tackles (six solos) against Miami. Peterson had seven tackles against the Patriots and seven versus Dallas on Sept. 15.

Fassel said he has not yet decided whether to keep Peterson on the active roster or place him on season-ending injured reserve. The Giants will not sign another cornerback immediately, but if they do in the future, they may have to put Peterson on IR to open up a roster spot.

"We'll see," Fassel said. "If I figure it's going to be a minimum of two months before I get him back, it's probably going to be more like two-and-a-half. (I don't know) if I can hold a roster spot that long for a guy I may not get back."

"It's very disappointing," Peterson said. "Especially with the team being in our situation, you'd like to be out there to help change things around and get on a winning streak. This is something that's going to make me tougher, and I'll come back from it."

Peterson said he has a dull ache in his back that became a sharp pain on his left side when he was running. He will wear a brace to facilitate the healing.

Brown has started three games in his career, two in 2002 and this year's season opener against St. Louis. On Dec. 8, 2002, Brown had six tackles and his first career interception and fumble recovery in a victory at Washington. In a Monday night game against Dallas on Sept. 15, Brown intercepted a Quincy Carter pass and returned it 29 yards for a touchdown that gave the Giants a 7-0 lead.

"Ralph has been there before," MLB Micheal Barrow said. "Ralph has been our starting nickel, which is one of the hardest positions to play on this team. I think his responsibilities have been cut in half. We have to adjust and players have to adjust. We have to move on and rally behind him."

"With the kind of player (Peterson) is, we're definitely going to miss him," FS Omar Stoutmire said. "But I'm totally confident in Ralph Brown. There's no doubt in my mind we're going to continue to get the job done."

Just visiting

The Giants recently had the following five players in for workouts: former S Clarence LeBlanc, CB Willie Miles, C Scott Peters and Ks Nate Fikse and Todd Sievers. LeBlanc was released by the Giants this summer. Miles (Tennessee) was previously on the Colts practice squad; Peters (Arizona State) was formerly with the Eagles; Fikse (UCLA) was last with San Francisco, and Sievers (Miami) with Houston.

Peters was obviously impressive enough. A few days after he worked out, New York signed him to the practice squad. To make room, the Giants terminated the contract of OT Dion Meredith.

Looking to be Super in '09

The New York Giants and the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA) announced they will withdraw from competition for the 2008 NFL Super Bowl but will offer a much better bid for the event in 2009.

"We believe the renovation plans we have for Giants Stadium will make it more than Super Bowl ready by 2009," Giants executive VP John Mara said. "We do not currently have a definitive agreement or timeline that we can comfortably say will have the stadium at Super Bowl operating quality before then. We are convinced, however, that the bid we will offer for 2009 will be far superior to any bid we could make earlier."

Mara and NJSEA President George Zoffinger said the refocusing of efforts from 2008 to 2009 will not only allow for more thorough renovations to Giants Stadium but would also allow for further planned developments around the facility.

"By 2009 the Meadowlands will look quite different," Zoffinger said. "The Xanadu Project surrounding the stadium, a new rail line from New York City, more hotels and entertainment venues all will make the bid much more exciting and compelling for 2009."

TV time

Michael Strahan and Tampa Bay DT Warren Sapp will appear each Thursday night on NFL Network's signature show, NFL Total Access, the weeknight primetime show debuting at 8 p.m. on Nov. 4. Strahan and Sapp will make their debuts two nights later. The colorful duo will appear at the same time, on remote, from their team headquarters, to discuss and debate the NFL's hot topics on a weekly basis.

"I like Sapp. He is entertaining," Strahan said. "It will be very entertaining, guaranteed. I don't know what is going to happen, but it is going to be interesting. I am very interested to see what is going to happen and I want to see if we are going to be no holds barred. Whatever I say or do, it won't cost me $50,000 (laughing). I will leave that to him."

Sapp was recently fined $50,000 for "mistreating officials."

Unlucky 7

There was a recent poll in the Atlanta Journal Constitution where readers were invited to vote for the first coach to be fired this season. The choices were:

Dan Reeves

Gregg Williams

Dave Wannstedt

Marty Schottenheimer

Dave McGinnis

Dick Jauron

Jim Fassel

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