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Monday, August 3, 2009
Report: Giants' staffers testified before grand jury

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

It turns out Plaxico Burress and Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce weren't the only ones testifying in front a Manhattan grand jury, according to the New York Daily News. Charles Way, the team's director of player development, Ronnie Barnes, vice president of medical services and assistant coach Jesse Armstead went before the panel, according to a report in Monday's Daily News.

Giants players have been given Way's card to carry at all times and are instructed to call him if there's an issue. There was obviously an issue that November evening when Burress accidentally shot himself in the thigh, and his friend Pierce rushed him to a local hospital.

The grand jury was likely asking the three staffers what role -- if any -- they played in the aftermath of the shooting. According to ESPN's Sal Paolantonio, someone close to Pierce said the player was "cautiously optimistic" the grand jury would vote Monday to clear him of felony gun possession charges. That would be great news for the Giants organization, which has spent the offseason attempting to move on from the Burress situation.

Giants co-owner John Mara has been highly critical of the Manhattan DA's office for continuing to pursue charges against Pierce. For now, the Giants are optimistic they'll have Pierce for the entire '09 season. Of course, that could change any minute. We'll keep you posted throughout the day.