Training Camp Diary - Part I

Would Michael Strahan vent his anger at teammate Tiki Barber and nail him on the field once the shoulder pads were on?

ALBANY – The buildup was there. On the first practice of training camp, would Michael Strahan vent his anger at teammate Tiki Barber and nail him on the field once the shoulder pads were on?

Surely there was bad blood between the two, as Barber called Strahan greedy after Strahan turned down a seven-year, $56.6 million contract offer. The two had seen each other at mini-camps and off-season workouts, but this was the first time the possibility existed of a physical confrontation between the two.

At least no one was kept waiting. Barber on the second play of the first practice of training camp had the ball and right there was Strahan.

Nothing happened.

"I know you guys were going 'huh' when I ran by Tiki a couple of times,'' Strahan said. "I'm not an idiot.''

So it went in an uneventful first practice session.

"Michael was right there and if he wanted to make an issue out of it he would have,'' Jim Fassel said. "I talked to both those guys last night, to them it's a non-issue and they're going to be extra careful nothing happens. So I'm sorry to ruin all your stories.''


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