Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Coughlin, Giants negotiating four-year deal

Coughlin, Giants negotiating four-year deal
There appears to be little suspense regarding Tom Coughlin's coaching status with the New York Giants, thanks to the Super Bowl championship he helped deliver.

Patriots' Hobbs played hurt in Super Bowl
More than Ellis Hobbs's pride was wounded when he was beaten by New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress for the deciding points in the Patriots' 17-14 upset loss in Super Bowl XLII. According to a source close to the Patriots cornerback, Hobbs was playing with a torn labrum in his shoulder and chronic groin pain according to the Boston Globe.

The source said that Hobbs, who didn't miss a game during the season and has missed just one in his first three seasons, had surgery Feb. 12, nine days after the Super Bowl, to repair the shoulder. He originally injured himself in Week 9 against the Indianapolis Colts. The surgery was done by noted orthopedic surgeon James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala.

"He had a piece of bone floating in his shoulder," said the source, who didn't know which shoulder Hobbs hurt. "It was very, very serious. But he went to the best and had a very successful surgery. According to Dr. Andrews, he should be fine for the start of next season. Recovery time is normally four to five months. He'll be ready easily by training camp, and maybe if it goes faster by some of the [organized team activities] in June."

Will Lions sign former Bronco LB Al Wilson?

Detroit Lions coach Rod Marinelli had a good visit last week with free-agent middle linebacker Al Wilson , but there doesn't appear to be a rush to sign him according to the Detroit News.

Wilson was released by Denver before the start of the 2007 season after eight years as a starter. Wilson had a neck injury. Wilson took a physical in Detroit, but Marinelli did not say if he passed it.

"We have to go through the process," Marinelli said. "He's taking trips and looking around."

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