DT to IR

This time even David Tyree couldn't pull off the unthinkable. The architect of the greatest catch in Super Bowl history was unable to shake knee and hamstring injuries and will spend the duration of the 2008 season on Injured Reserve, after spending the first half of the campaign on the Giants Physically Unable to Perform list.

Tyree' season ended before it had a chance to start.

Tom Coughlin announced that Tyree, whose unforgettable catch was the defining moment of the Giants' Super Bowl victory, will remain on the Giants' Reserve List for the remainder of the season as his three-week practice period has expired and he remains unable to practice or play.

Tyree, a sixth-year pro, underwent knee surgery in April and was placed on the physically unable to perform list (PUP) when training camp began. He began practicing on Oct. 15, commencing a three-week period during which the Giants were hoping to evaluate the progress of Tyree's rehabilitation before deciding whether to activate him to the 53-man roster or leave him on the Reserve List. Unfortunately, a hamstring injury prevented Tyree from giving his knee a thorough test and the Giants concluded the prudent move was for Tyree to remain on IR for the year.

"The medical people feel like he is still a ways away," Coughlin said.

The Giants had until 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5 to make a decision on Tyree.

"To be honest with you, when we started the season on PUP we felt that at some point in time he would be ready to go," Coughlin said. "The unfortunate part of this is that over the three-week period when we could utilize David and he could build up and condition and do all the things necessary, he was really unable to do that the majority of the time because of the hamstring issue."

Coughlin informed Tyree of the decision this morning.

"He actually took it very well," Coughlin said. "He understood the position that we were in. He understood what he would be asked to do right away and didn't necessarily think that he was able to do that within a reasonable amount of time. We had a good conversation and I think we were both at the same point when we sat down."

"I can't say I was shocked," Tyree said. "You just kind of take it in stride. You knew that it was obviously a possibility. Those are the kinds of decisions that are out of my control. The knee felt good, but I wasn't able to show them that the knee was good, so I totally understood. I took it well."

The Giants have several impressive young receivers, but Tyree sounded like someone who hopes and expects to be wearing his blue No. 85 jersey in 2009.

"I mean, I am a Giant," Tyree said. "Until something changes, I am a Giant and I am obviously happy to be that. Like I said, I don't desire to be anywhere else in my career, but I think most people would say that with their initial team. I would love to be playing football, but I don't have the possibility because I am not 100 percent with this hamstring to go out and ask for a release and play football. Like I said, I think it was the best decision for what they were given."

Eli Manning would like to see his partner in one of the most famous plays in football history return.

"Well, I hope so," Manning said. "He has been a great part of this team. He has done everything we have ever asked him to do, and stepped up in big games and played well for us on special teams and on offense. He has been a great teammate.

"It is just unfortunate with the injuries and what he has dealt with. But he has worked hard to try to come back and did everything he could and just couldn't quite get back in time. It was just the way it works out sometimes, so hopefully he will be able to come back and everything will work out."

Tyree has played in 73 regular season games with five starts since joining the Giants as a sixth-round draft choice in 2003. He was the NFC Special Teams Pro Bowl following the 2005 season. Tyree has caught 54 passes for 650 yards and four touchdowns. But he will forever hold a prominent place in Giants history for making one of the greatest plays in Super Bowl history. On a third-and-five from the Giants' 44-yard line, Tyree secured the ball against his helmet for a 32-yard reception while being hounded by New England safety Rodney Harrison. The catch, which followed an Eli Manning escape from the Patriots' pass rush, helped set up the Giants' game-winning touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress.

Tyree would have received a huge ovation for the catch had he played in Giants Stadium this season. That he didn't get the opportunity is not something he will dwell on.

"I have had enough fanfare," Tyree said. "That is not something I am missing. My life is always full. Football is unbelievable and just like my buddy Plax said, it is the best temp job you could have. I have fun with it, I love it, but this is nothing that fills my plate. It is not going to take me long to be healthy so it is tough from that standpoint, but I am happy to be in support of my team and rooting those guys on in any way I can from the sideline."

Tyree will be at peace if the Super Bowl catch is the last play he makes in the NFL. But he's planning on writing additional chapters to his story.

"I am not speaking out of arrogance, but I really do believe that there is a lot more that I have to give to this game," he said. "I was hoping to be able to do that this year, wide receiver and special teams-wise. I will be preparing myself anxiously for this next football season, but I want to focus on this year and what the Giants are doing this year."


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