Big Blue rookies return

With college graduations having been completed, the Giants rookies were back in town working out on Monday. For more than a few of them, the workouts may have been a little more than they expected.

Several of New York's incoming rookies – from early-round picks to free-agent longshots – got sick as a result of their sessions. Let's just say the locker room garbage pails weren't exactly neat and clean Monday morning.

All of the key rookies were on hand, beginning with a tired Jeremy Shockey. Shockey sat next to Joan Rivers on his flight from California, where he was at the rookie symposium, to New York. According to Shockey, Rivers talked the whole time, costing him precious sleep time in the process.

Second-round pick Tim Carter has recovered from having all four of his wisdom teeth pulled, but is still being checked by New York's medical staff to make sure that the strained tendon in his knee is healing properly.

As expected, third-round choice Jeff Hatch was asked about his sitting out the first day of rookie mini-camp a month ago.

"Like I said when I left [last month], that was not the impression that I wanted to make," Hatch said, before adding that there have been "no repercussions" for his one-day contract-related sit-down.

Hatch said he's already getting used to New York. "I got stuck in traffic today," he laughed.

Elsewhere, seven members of the Giants were on hand Sunday to see the New York's Finest vs. New York's Bravest football game, which pitted New York policemen against their fire department counterparts.

"We were just kind of in the way," Luke Petitgout joked. "But they were glad that we were there. We just felt we wanted to be there to support them for all they've done for everybody."

Shaun Williams, Jason Whittle, Rodney Williams and Jesse Palmer were also present.

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