Strahan out, depleting already thin Giants defense

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Pro Bowl defensive end
Michael Strahan's status for next weekend's showdown with the
Chicago Bears
is uncertain after he was sidelined with a foot injury in New
York's 14-10 win over the Houston Texans on Sunday.

"Let's not get into that," Strahan said outside the locker
room when asked about his status for next week's game. "You
gentlemen have a splendid night."

One early sign of concern was that Strahan was wearing a boot on
his right foot as he walked away.

X-rays were negative, but the team said Strahan suffered "a
mid-foot sprain" in the second quarter. He walked off with a
slight limp.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin hopes to know more about the injury

Strahan watched the majority of the game from the locker room,
seeing New York win on a touchdown catch by tight end
Jeremy Shockey with 7:49 to play.

"Winning ain't nerve-racking to me," Strahan said. "There was
some times when I was in the locker room and said: 'Oh, Man!' When
[David] Carr scored the touchdown and Mario Williams had a big
series. We did what we had to do to win."

The Giants (6-2) came in short at defensive end with All-Pro
Osi Umenyiora (hip flexor) and Justin Tuck (foot) out with injuries
sustained two games ago.

Adrian Awasom, who was signed off the Giants practice squad two
weeks ago, took over for Strahan and finished with two tackles.

"It was a shock," Awasom said. "The coach tells us all the
time to prepare like you are a starter."

Strahan even offered Awasom some advice.

"He just said, 'Keep putting pressure on. This is your
opportunity, take advantage of it,"' Awasom said.

Strahan is half a sack shy of breaking Lawrence Taylor's
all-time team record for career sacks. They are tied with 132½,
making the 35-year-old Strahan the active leader among NFL players.