Joseph tears muscle

While they prepare to make their first-round selection in this year's NFL draft on Saturday, the Giants have some concerns about last year's first-round pick. <BR><BR>

Defensive tackle William Joseph suffered a torn pectoral muscle Tuesday while lifting weights in the team's offseason conditioning program. Joseph is scheduled to undergo surgery within the next couple of days to repair the tear. He is expected to be ready to return to the field during training camp, which opens on July 29.

The Giants expect Joseph to play a bigger role on the team's defense this season. As a rookie he played in 14 games with no starts. He had six tackles (three solo), including a sack in the season opener against St. Louis. On that play, Joseph forced a Kurt Warner fumble that was recovered in the end zone for a touchdown by Kenny Holmes.

Joseph, a 6-5, 315-pounder, was the 25h player taken in the 2003 NFL Draft, from the University of Miami. He started all 47 games of his college career for the Hurricanes, and was a first-team All-Big East selection as a senior.

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