Armstead divulges hamstring tear

We all knew LB Jessie Armstead was tough and that he was playing in pain. But on Wednesday, he divulged that he actually has been playing with a torn hamstring that he suffered in Washington on Oct. 28. However, he said a full recovery is in sight.

"I'll be 100 percent healthy for the Dallas game," Armstead said. "You ever have a torn hamstring? You can't run. But it's getting better." Armstead said he never seriously considered skipping a game to rest his leg. "When you're a football player you're going to go out there. It's part of you," Armstead said. "If I can help the team, I'm going to be out there. It's not like I'm letting my man run past me. If I had to rewind the whole tape and do the same thing, I'd go back out there. That's where I want to be.

"Right now I'm giving the hamstring time to rest. I'll be jacked up next week and in the last five games to go out and bring it in the right way. I deserve the last five games. I'll take my lumps now. But judge the last five."

*The Giants practiced Wednesday and will work Thursday before taking a three-day break. Keith Hamilton, Lomas Brown, Ike Hilliard, Greg Comella, Damon Washington and Ralph Brown all missed practice with injuries. All should be ready to face the Cowboys.

"My No. 1 priority is to get some guys healthy," Head Coach Jim Fassel said. "But I'm not going to back off practice. We're just not going to have any contact. I want to get a great tempo going. We're trying to coach all the little things that will make us a smarter football team."

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