Tight end Jeremy Shockey and linebacker Reggie Torbor will sit out the New York Giants' game at Oakland on Saturday because of injury. Both players were hurt last week in a 35-20 loss to Washington. Shockey injured his ankle, and Torbor aggravated a hamstring injury. Neither practiced this week, and both had been listed as questionable as recently as Thursday. Torbor's injury, as well as injuries to linebackers Antonio Pierce (high ankle sprain) and Carlos Emmons (strained right pectoral muscle), means that New York will be without its three starting linebackers who began the season. New York can clinch its first NFC East title since 2000 with a win Saturday.
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Giants DE Gets 6-Year Extension
Christmas came early for New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora. Friday night, ESPN.com learned Umenyiora had followed up the first Pro Bowl selection of his career earlier this week by agreeing to a landmark six-year contract extension. The extension, which runs through the 2012 season, totals just under $41 million and includes $15 million in guarantees. The three-year veteran, who is second in the league in sacks with 12?, will make about $21 million in the first three years of the contract. The deal, negotiated by the Manhattan-based agency Sportstars -- where Brian Mackler, Alan Herman, James Ivler and Jason Chayut are the principal representatives -- will be officially executed in the next few days. The guaranteed part of the contract is believed to be the largest ever awarded to a three-year veteran. "The Giants have always demonstrated a proactive stance with their talented, young players and this is the latest example of their approach," said Mackler, who was the point man in negotiations, but declined to discuss specifics of the contract. "This moves Osi into a category with the most elite ends in the game, and that's saying something for a player who hasn't even completed his third season yet."
Tiki, Strahan And Shockey Lead Giants Pro Bowlers
Three of the Giants' marquee players, Michael Strahan, Tiki Barber and Jeremy Shockey, were among five Giants selected to the NFC Pro Bowl Wednesday. The trio was joined on the squad by first-year starter Osi Umenyiora and special-teams player David Tyree, who were named to their first Pro Bowl each. This is Strahan's seventh career selection. At 34, he is playing at his lightest weight since he was a rookie and is tied for third in the league with 11 ? sacks. Barber, 30, received his second straight selection and will also get some consideration for league MVP. He is second in the NFL with 1,577 rushing yards, including a team-record 220 on Saturday.
New Meadowlands Stadium Likely To Cost Over $1 Billion
The cost of the new football stadium the New York Giants and New York Jets will jointly build in the Meadowlands likely will top $1 billion. Owners of both teams filed preliminary site plans Monday for the new 81,000-seat stadium, to be built between the existing Giants Stadium and the Meadowlands Racetrack. The teams are still working on design details, and they have yet to determine whether a retractable roof will be part of the plan. The stadium, which will be paid for by the teams, is the first in NFL history to be jointly built by two franchises, and is due to open for the 2010 season. Both teams currently use Giants Stadium. The new stadium will be served by a New Jersey Transit rail station connected to a transfer station, potentially bringing 10,000 fans per hour into the stadium by train. The state is not contributing to the cost of the stadium, but is kicking in about $225 million worth of infrastructure improvements, including building a rail station and paying for road upgrades within the sports complex and on nearby roads.