Insider Notes

Defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin did not practice today because of the sprained ankle he suffered last week against Washington.

Kicker Matt Bryant has been named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for the second time this season. Bryant kicked four field goals in last week's 19-17 victory over Washington, from 43, 34, 33 and 19 yards.

Bryant, a first-year pro from Baylor, also won the award for his play in Week 3 against Seattle, when he kicked three field goals, including the game-winning 47-yarder with 2:04 remaining in a 9-6 victory over Seattle. He is the first Giant to win the special teams award twice in the same season since Brad Daluiso in 1996 (Weeks 10 and 15).

This season, Bryant has succeeded on 16 of 19 field goal attempts and 13 of 14 extra point tries. With 61 points, he is tied with Seattle's Rian Lindell for eighth among NFC kickers. Bryant is the highest-scoring rookie kicker in the NFL.

Bryant is the second Giant in as many seasons to win two Player of the Week awards. In 2001, defensive end Michael Strahan was NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Weeks 3 and 5.

Defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin did not practice today because of the sprained ankle he suffered last week against Washington. Griffin is listed as questionable on the injury report and Fassel is holding out hope that he will be able to play.

"We'll probably know a lot more in the next day or so," Fassel said. "Those ankles can be tricky. It's not a high-ankle sprain. The MRIs are good. It's just an ankle sprain."

Tight end Jeremy Shockey is leading all NFL rookies with 284,337 votes in the fans' Pro Bowl balloting on NFL.com. Carolina defensive end Julius Peppers is second with 149,006 votes. Miami tight end Randy McMichael is third with 127,383 votes.

Thursday is Michael Strahan's 31st birthday.


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