Friday Notes

Although QB Steve McNair is listed as questionable for Sunday's game, he did not practice at all on Friday. The word out of Titan's practice is that his ribs are extremely sore and may not start the game against the Giants. Giants notes for Friday follow.

  • Center Chris Bober has suffered no setbacks and should start after missing one game with a torn biceps. "It's big having him back," Jim Fassel said. "He's been the quarterback on the line. He's a very smart guy. He's been snapping to Kerry (Collins) all season long, and Kerry is comfortable. When you put a new center in there, there's a different timing and a different placement. All that highly timed stuff that you take for granted. When you change centers, there's some degree of difficulty there. "Bober has done an excellent job this year. I'm really happy with what he's done."
  • Cornerback William Peterson, who suffered a concussion in last week's game, has been downgraded from probable to questionable. Defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin missed practice again with a sprained ankle and remains questionable. Tight end Dan Campbell missed practice with a tight muscle in his leg. He is expected to play.
  • Fassel said he will decide tomorrow whether to activate Dan O'Leary and use him as the snapper for placekicks and punts. O'Leary was signed Wednesday to the practice squad. If O'Leary is signed, he will replace Bob Jones.
  • Michael Strahan can tie an NFL record Sunday with at least a half-sack in his 10th consecutive game. He is a somewhat underwhelmed at the prospect. "That's one of those records I think people keep because they have too much time on their hands," Strahan said. "The biggest thing is winning. If I have an opportunity to tie it, great. If I break it, great. But the biggest record to me is our won-lost record."
  • When Fassel addressed the team on Monday, he asked the players if they knew what the date of Sunday's game is. Several immediately announced, "December 1st." The date is significant because from 1997-2001, Fassel's first five seasons as head coach, the Giants had the NFL's best December record: 15-4, a .789 winning percentage. The Giants did not lose a December game in 1997, 1998 or 2000. "We play five games in December and we have five games left," Fassel said. "It's a very short season right now. We have to give it our best." Why have the Giants been so successful in December? "It is a collection of a lot of things and I'm proud of that because you have to be able to win in December or you can forget it," Fassel said. "But I think that one of the things that I have always strived for is to keep our team healthy and I don't wear them out during the season, so when they get here they aren't tired and worn out. I adjust the schedule and I adjust some things to keep them kind of fresh. They are not worn out mentally or physically. Sunday is December 1st and we are going to need it."

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