Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Burress Can't Guarantee He'll Be Practicing
GLENDALE, Ariz. Giants WR Plaxico Burress might have guaranteed a victory against New England, but he did not promise he would be 100 percent for Super Bowl XLII. Burress missed Wednesday's practice because of a chronic right ankle injury. He had expected to participate in Thursday's practice, but he was unable to go because of swelling and soreness in his left knee. After a brief attempt to contribute, Burress spent the remainder of practice in the training room receiving treatment. "He has an ankle that always has been a problem, but he also has some issues with a knee that off and on in the past has bothered him," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. "That's the thing right now. Between the two of them, that's why he's not working. He comes out and tries to go and can't go." Coughlin said he is hopeful Burress will be able to participate in today's practice, but he is unsure how severe the swelling and soreness in his knee will be."Who knows, it may be related," Coughlin said of the knee and ankle issues. "It's a matter of how fast the swelling goes down so he can deal with it." Meanwhile, CB Kevin Dockery (hip flexor) and G Rich Seubert (knee) fully participated in Thursday's practice. WEBSTER PLAYED BIG: CB Corey Webster may not see the field much on Sunday, but he is one huge reason New York won three consecutive playoff games and advanced to the Super Bowl. Webster started in place of Sam Madison, who missed two games because of an abdominal strain. He shut down Tampa Bay WR Joey Galloway in New York's first playoff victory, limiting him to one catch for 9 yards and had an interception. Webster then held Dallas WR Terrell Owens to four catches for 49 yards and one touchdown in the NFC divisional playoff. He also started over Madison against Green Bay in the NFC Championship Game and intercepted QB Brett Favre in overtime, setting up K Lawrence Tynes' winning 47-yard field goal. "Through the whole process, even when I wasn't playing, everybody was the same. No one would look down on anyone else," Webster said. "Everybody has the utmost confidence in everybody who puts on a jersey and shoulder pads. We have all the confidence in the word in each other, and I think that alone makes it a lot easier for me because the guys never lost confidence in me." OLD MAN FEAGLES: Giants P Jeff Feagles has been the butt of jokes this season for being 41 and still playing football. After 20 years in the NFL, Feagles has accepted his role as the team's whipping boy. "A lot of the rookies this season were born when I graduated from high school in 1984. That's where it's starting to get a little comical," Feagles said. "I get so used to the old man jokes. Somebody took the jock strap out of my locker and replaced it with Depends this season."
Anwar S. Richardson