Bryant back in mix following injury

Updated: November 15, 2003, 4:02 PM ET
The Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants waived kicker Brett Conway on Saturday, meaning Matt Bryant will kick against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Bryant pulled a hamstring against Miami on Oct. 5 and returned to practice only this week.

The Giants also signed tight end Darnell Dinkins and offensive lineman Scott Peters to their active roster and waived lineman Omar Smith. Dinkins and Peters have been on the practice squad.

Giants coach Jim Fassel wanted to keep two kickers active the first week that Bryant returned, but other injuries forced the coach to make a couple of moves.

Bryant had made six of seven field-goal attempts and all nine extra points before he was hurt kicking a 43-yard field goal against Miami.

Conway made nine of 12 field goal attempts and all six extra points since he was signed after Bryant was hurt. He kicked the winning 29-yarder against the Jets after missing a 39-yarder early in overtime.

Dinkins gives New York three healthy tight ends. Jeremy Shockey will miss at least the next three games with a sprained left knee.

Dinkins, a good special teams player, appeared in two games last season before breaking a foot against Seattle in September.

Peters was signed to the practice squad Oct. 17. The center was the Eagles' fourth-round draft choice in 2002. He dressed for two games but did not play. Peters was released by the Eagles on Sept. 5.


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