TE has missed two games

Updated: November 25, 2003, 10:46 PM ET
Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey is expected back in the lineup this weekend after missing two games with a sprained left knee.

Shockey, who was expected to miss the rest of the season after getting hurt in a loss to Atlanta, practiced last week and coach Jim Fassel waited until Monday before deciding not to use him against the Bucs.

The Giants lost 19-13 and host Buffalo on Sunday.

"He is exactly what I want in a player, he wants to play. He wanted to play badly but I made that (decision) because I didn't feel like I wanted to put a player on the field that wasn't 100 percent," Fassel said Tuesday.

Shockey, an All-Pro who set a team record for tight ends with 74 catches as a rookie, has 48 receptions this season for 535 yards and two touchdowns.

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