Finn Out For Year

The most troubling news to come out of the first day of New York's three-day minicamp on Wednesday was that fullback Jim Finn recently had shoulder surgery and is lost for the entire season.

Finn, who has been bothered by his ailing shoulder for much of the offseason, finally succumbed to surgery on Monday. The Giants would almost certainly have to bring in another fullback since right now only reserve back Robert Douglas could possibly man the spot. The 6-1, 230-pound Douglas is a first-year player from Memphis…

Kicker Lawrence Tynes was another excused absence. New York's new kicker and his wife, who's pregnant with twin boys, "had a little scare I think the other day," according to Coughlin. No word on if or when Tynes would return to New Jersey…

Plaxico Burress was on hand – with an answer to why he missed some of the earlier offseason workouts. He's been limited by an injury to his left ankle that needed to be cleaned out 12 weeks ago.

"There's no reason to have a setback before training camp," Burress said. "I'll be ready to roll."

"I think Plaxico will be able to go full speed in camp," Coughlin said.

Burress said he expects to have his best year yet, now that he's fully healthy…

TGI has learned that talks for Cleveland LT Kevin Shaffer may not be dead, after all. New York was obviously unwilling to give up a mid-round pick in either the '07 or '08 draft. However, it seems that Cleveland, which appears to have little use for Shaffer after drafting monster LT Joe Thomas third overall, might be willing to drop its asking price. A best guess says a deal could be made before or sometime during training camp…

Coughlin took an opportunity to share with the media the message that he recently shared with his team: talk is cheap.

"What we would really like to do is do our playing on the field and let our playing do our talking for us and not spend so much time trying to explain who we are, where we are," Coughlin said. "Let's just play the game. Talk is cheap. Let's play the game. I would like it to stay that way."

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