Rookie Wilson replaces injured safety

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Safety Shaun Williams of the New York Giants will be sidelined the rest of the season after surgery on his left knee on Thursday.

Williams was hurt in practice last Friday, when he intercepted a pass and landed awkwardly.

Williams had 11 tackles, two passes defensed and a forced fumble in two games this season.

This is the second consecutive year the season has ended early for Williams, the team's first-round pick in 1998. He injured a knee against Philadelphia last Nov. 16 and missed the final six games.

The Giants' starting free safety last season, Omar Stoutmire, is allso out for the season with a knee injury. Veteran Brent Alexander is starting at free safety and rookie Gibril Wilson has replaced Williams.