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Training Room Injury Update - Super Bowl
Philip Gentles
February 1, 2007

Tom Brady, QB, NE
High Ankle Sprain - Patriots' QB Tom Brady took part in all phases of practice on Wednesday and Thursday and according to team officials he'll be at full speed for the Super Bowl. Brady, who suffered a high ankle sprain during the AFC Title game, was held out of practice last week and was seen wearing a boot and walking with a limp. He appeared to favor his injured leg in practice on Monday but he ran without a problem on Wednesday and he looked fine in practice on Thursday. Brady is listed on the official injury report but with the usual shoulder injury. He spoke with reporters and said that if his ankle were an issue that head coach Bill Belichick would have listed it. I would really like to believe Brady, unfortunately Belichick has a history of playing games with the injury report so dropping the ankle injury from the report doesn't surprise me. So will his ankle be an issue on Sunday? The Patriots' have already said that it won't be. We'll find out for sure in a couple of days.

Plaxico Burress, WR, NYG
Sprained Ankle and Knee Inflammation - Giants' WR Plaxico Burress, who was limited in practice last week because of a lingering ankle injury and knee inflammation, told reporters that his ankle was sore following practice on Monday and he has been held out of practice ever since. Prior to Monday's practice he said that his ankle was 97%, but clearly the injury is still an issue. Head coach Tom Coughlin did not say if Burress would be on the practice field today, but he still expects Burress to be in the starting lineup against the Patriots.

Kevin Dockery, DB, NYG
Strained Hip Flexor - Giants' DB Kevin Dockery has been limited in practice this week because of a strained hip flexor and his status for the Super Bowl remains uncertain. Dockery, who missed the last two playoff games, took part in about half of the team snaps in practice on Wednesday and Thursday according to head coach Tom Coughlin. The team's medical staff has indicated that Dockery's hip has improved, but they aren't sure if he will be healthy enough to contribute on Sunday. The team will know more about his status after practice today but don't be surprised if the Giants wait until after pre game warm-ups to say if he will play or not.

Jabbar Gaffney, WR, NE
Shoulder Injury - According to reports Patriots' WR Jabbar Gaffney has been limited in practice this week because of an undisclosed shoulder injury. The team has not said what kind of injury it is or when it occurred but he was added to the official injury report after missing team drills on Wednesday and his status for the Super Bowl is currently uncertain. Gaffney spoke with reporters and said that he was fine and team officials have indicated that Gaffney will likely play, but the team will wait to see how his shoulder responds to treatment before deciding how they will use him on Super Sunday.

Rich Seubert, OL, NYG
Sprained Knee - Giants' OG Rich Seubert, who has been bothered by a sprained knee, has been practicing on a limited basis this week but according to team officials he will be active on Sunday against the Patriots. Seubert reportedly took part in a handful of team drills on Wednesday and Thursday but his workouts consisted mostly of individual drills. His knee appears to be improving, but if he is activated for the Super Bowl he won't be completely healthy. It appears that an official decision on his availability won't be made until gameday.

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