Cartilage damaged in practice

Updated: September 25, 2004, 2:34 PM ET

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants strong safety Shaun Williams, who injured his left knee in practice Friday, will undergo surgery Monday.

Shaun Williams
New York Giants
Tot Ast Solo FF Sack Int
11 11 0 1 0 0

An MRI revealed that he has a tear to the lateral meniscus. When he can return cannot be determined until after he has the surgery to repair the damaged cartilage.

Rookie Gibril Wilson, a fifth-round pick from Tennessee who had an interception in last week's 20-14 win over Washington, will start at strong safety Sunday when the Giants host the Cleveland Browns.

New York already had lost starting free safety Omar Stoutmire to a torn ACL in the preseason. Veteran Brent Alexander replaced Stoutmire and had two interceptions last week.

Williams missed the final six games of 2003 with a right knee injury.

A first-round pick in 1998, Williams started 58 straight games -- 32 at free safety and 26 at strong safety -- before his injury last year.