Giants sign Lindstrom

New York got itself a real backup punter.

Tuesday, the Giants signed P Gabe Lindstrom, who will handle the punting duties Monday night in Minnesota. Lindstrom's signing ends backup K Owen Pochman's stint as the team's punter after one game. Pochman averaged 29.2 yards on five punts in the Giants 17-10 victory in Arizona, though he did place three of his kicks inside the 20-yard line.

Rodney Williams, the team's regular punter, is expected to miss at least one more game with a fractured wrist suffered on Nov. 4 against Dallas. Lindstrom, 25, has never kicked in a regular season game. He was in the Cleveland Browns camp this summer and in the Dallas Cowboys training camp in 1999.

Lindstrom punted for two seasons at the University of Toledo. He was the most impressive of the four punters the Giants brought in for a tryout last week. But the Giants chose not to make a move last week, both for salary cap and roster purposes. To make room on the roster for Lindstrom, the Giants released LB Kole Ayi.

Also, Fassel said there is a chance Williams will be able to return for the Nov. 25 game against Oakland. "It is more of a possibility today than it was last week, much more of a possibility," Fassel said.

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