EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Amnesia hit the New York Jets and New York Giants this week.
Nobody wanted to go near the subject of their much-publicized brawl during a joint practice earlier this month in Albany, where the Giants hold training camp. Instead, players from both sides made nice heading into their preseason game Friday night.
“Whatever happened in Albany stays there,” Jets quarterback Chad Pennington said. “It happened so long ago that it’s not in my mind anymore.”
Of even bigger importance to the Giants (1-1) is the health of quarterback Eli Manning, who will miss the game with a sprained elbow and is listed as week to week. Tim Hasselbeck will start in his place. Starting cornerback Will Peterson is also out with a knee injury and defensive end Michael Strahan might not play because of strained rib cartilage.
But first, back to the fight. To refresh: the practice turned ugly when three Jets jumped tight end Jeremy Shockey on the second play of a 9-on-7 drill.
Giants receiver Willie Ponder had to leave practice with a bruised chest after safety Kerry Rhodes hit him on a route over the middle. Even Amani Toomer mixed it up with Jets linebacker Eric Barton after Barton knocked him down on a short pass play.
Coughlin and some Giants players felt the Jets (2-0) were too aggressive. Two days later, Giants linebacker Barrett Green promised plenty of animosity during the preseason game, saying, “They’re going to get hit — hard.” Running back Tiki Barber called Henderson “a maniac.”
“You’re going to have your differences in the way you practice,” Shockey said. “There are no hard feelings from our side. It’s an important preseason game for us, to show we’re getting better. We don’t have anything against the guys that came here and practiced against us. They’re not in our conference; it’s over with.”
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