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Light workout

Giants hit practice field for first workout of Super Bowl week

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Posted: Monday January 22, 2001 9:38 PM
Updated: Tuesday January 23, 2001 10:06 AM

  Kerry Collins Kerry Collins and the Giants began formal workouts in Tampa on Monday. AP

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- While the Baltimore Ravens were settling into town, the New York Giants resumed preparation for the Super Bowl with a 45-minute, non-contact practice that coach Jim Fassel said met the goal of getting the NFC champions refocused on the title game.

"It wasn't a hard practice by any stretch. I wanted to get out here, get them stretched out, break a sweat," Fassel said Monday.

"I think as much as anything [Monday], it was get their mind right back on what we're doing. They were good. They've been good all year. Even though it wasn't full-speed, they were focused, and they practiced good."

Every one was on the field for the workout at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' training facility, including four players -- fullback Greg Comella (buttocks), cornerback Reggie Stephens (ankle), safety Shaun Williams (hamstring) and wide receiver Amani Toomer (ankle) -- who were limited in practice last week.

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While most of the players wore warmup pants on a brisk, sunny day, Fassel wore shorts. Jason Sehorn said it just felt good to practice outside for the first time in more than a month. During the winter, the Giants typically practice in a 60-yard indoor facility where punts often bounce off the ceiling.

"It's nice to be on a real field, practicing outside in the sun," Sehorn said.

The weather did pose one problem, though.

It was too windy to raise wind screens on the south end of the field that the Buccaneers ordinarily use to shield their practices from a nearby office building and parking garage.

NFL security personnel were posted in the garage to make sure no one spied on the Giants.

"I'm concerned about that," Fassel said. "I don't know anything about these buildings, but we had security up in the parking areas on every level."

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