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Tight end will miss start of Giants camp

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Two-time Pro Bowl tight end Jeremy
Shockey had surgery on his right foot on Tuesday that will cause
him to miss the start of the New York Giants' training camp.

Shockey had a screw inserted into the fifth metatarsal of his
foot by Dr. Robert Anderson in the procedure performed at Carolinas
Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C.

The Giants didn't give a timetable for Shockey's recovery but
they said he would be ready for the start of the regular season.

"With a fifth metatarsal surgery it is possible for an athlete
to be back on the field quickly," Dr. Justin Greisberg, an
orthopedic surgeon at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia said
in a telephone interview Tuesday evening.

Greisberg said an athlete can be back on the field in about six
weeks, although some recoveries can take longer.

Shockey had a similar injury last season, but he didn't have
surgery.

Shockey aggravated the foot during a recent minicamp and a bone
scan showed a hot spot. Shockey got four medical opinions before
deciding to have the injury repaired surgically by Anderson, a
noted foot surgeon.

"The dangerous thing about that is if I don't get it fixed, it
probably won't occur [again] in training camp, it will happen in
week six or seven," Shockey said last week. "I don't want that to
happen. I might as well get it done now."

The third-year pro didn't recall hurting his foot on any
particular play in minicamp, suggesting it happened with wear and
tear.

The Giants, who are looking to rebound from a 4-12 season, will
report to their first training camp under Tom Coughlin on July 29.

Shockey had 48 catches for 535 yards last season despite missing
seven games with a knee injury. The former Miami product set team
records for both tight ends and rookies when he had 74 catches in
2002.