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Giants to give Rice physical Wednesday

ALBANY, N.Y. -- With Michael Strahan holding out and
considering retirement, the New York Giants plan to give recently
released defensive end Simeon Rice a physical on Wednesday.

Strahan, 35, stunned the Giants on Friday when he failed to show
up for training camp at the University at Albany. His agent said
that Strahan was considering retirement after 14 NFL seasons.

Rice will arrive in New York on Tuesday and be examined the next
day, Giants spokesman Peter John-Baptiste said after the team
finished its second practice on Sunday.

Rice, whose 121 career sacks rank second to Strahan (132˝) among
active players, was released by Tampa Bay last week after the
Buccaneers signed first-round draft pick Gaines Adams.

Rice had failed a physical earlier in the day after reporting to
camp. The 33-year-old started the first eight games of last season
before being sidelined with a shoulder injury.

After being released, Rice was confident his injury would heal
and that he would play this season.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin has been playing telephone tag with
Strahan since Friday.

"I have nothing to report on those lines," Coughlin said
Sunday.

Strahan has been critical of Rice in recent years, claiming that
he gets sacks but doesn't play the run well.