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Shockey's ankle better, could play on Sunday

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jeremy Shockey's swollen left ankle
has improved considerably and there is a good chance the Pro Bowl
tight end will play for the New York Giants on Sunday in the NFC
wild card game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

"I want to play every Sunday," Shockey said Wednesday. "I
felt bad I couldn't play last [week]. It's the nature of this
sport, being hurt. You have to deal with the injuries. It's the one
thing I don't deal with very well. It's getting better every day
and hopefully I'll be able to do something this week."

Giants coach Tom Coughlin said that Shockey, who had a team-high
66 catches for 623 yards and seven touchdowns, would do some
individual work Wednesday and possibly practice on Thursday.

Shockey was hurt late in the fourth quarter against New Orleans
on Dec. 24 when Saints safety Jay Bellamy dove into his ankles
before a pass by Eli Manning reached him.

There was no penalty on the play and Saints cornerback Fred
Thomas intercepted the ball.

Shockey yelled at Bellamy after the play but he refused to say
it was a cheap shot when asked about it Wednesday.

"It's football," said Shockey, who added that his ankle was
still sore.

When asked if referee Bill Carollo's crew should have called
pass interference on the play, Shockey had a prediction.

"They probably won't be calling the Super Bowl game," he said.

Visanthe Shiancoe started for Shockey last weekend and had one
catch for 8 yards in the 34-28 win over Washington that helped the
Giants (8-8) nail a playoff berth.

Shockey was bothered by a sprained ankle in the Giants' 30-24
overtime win over the Eagles on Sept. 17. He caught two passes for
17 yards, sitting out most of the fourth quarter and the overtime.
The five-year veteran matched his season high with eight catches
for 70 yards in Philadelphia's 36-22 win here on Dec. 17.

"This is definitely a game that's got some significance,"
Shockey said. "It's always a battle. These guys won the division
this year. They are the champs of our division. We give them all
the respect in the world. They've got great players. It's really
not about them. It's about us. Us playing well together and giving
ourselves a chance to win. That's what were going to do this
week."