New York Giants: Though the team spent extra practice time last week trying to limit their turnovers, they still had five against the New England Patriots. The two main culprits were QB Kerry Collins and RB Tiki Barber, so coach Jim Fassel put together a lowlight reel of all the duos turnovers to show the players to see what changes could be made to eliminate the problem. Fassel said he detected a slight change in the way Barber carried the ball. "I thought he was carrying it too far back," he told the New York Times, "and when contact is made, the ball comes out the back end." Fassel also said that of Collins' nine interceptions that only two were totally his fault. But no matter whose at fault for the turnovers, the Giants must stop them from coming in bunches. Over the last two weeks they've lost games against Miami and New England despite gaining more yards because of the nine turnovers they've committed.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Staph infections crept into the news again Wednesday after QB Mark Brunell and P Chris Hanson were told to keep away from the team's Alltel Stadium facility because of concern by the team over possible staph infections. Brunell underwent surgery Monday to repair the bursa sac in his left elbow and Hanson underwent a four-hour procedure a week ago to repair a gash he put in his leg with an ax. "Keeping those two guys away is the safest and wisest thing to do, because it minimizes the risk of those kinds of infections [spreading]," coach Jack Del Rio told the Florida Times-Union. Earlier in the year several Miami Dolphins players fell victim to staph infections.
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