Cartilage damaged in practice

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants strong safety Shaun Williams, who injured his left knee in practice Friday, will undergo surgery Monday.

An MRI revealed that he has a tear to the lateral meniscus. When he can return cannot be determined until after he has the surgery to repair the damaged cartilage.

Rookie Gibril Wilson, a fifth-round pick from Tennessee who had an interception in last week's 20-14 win over Washington, will start at strong safety Sunday when the Giants host the Cleveland Browns.

New York already had lost starting free safety Omar Stoutmire to a torn ACL in the preseason. Veteran Brent Alexander replaced Stoutmire and had two interceptions last week.

Williams missed the final six games of 2003 with a right knee injury.

A first-round pick in 1998, Williams started 58 straight games -- 32 at free safety and 26 at strong safety -- before his injury last year.