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Adam Schefter of NFL Network reports that Giants defensive end Michael Strahan will report to the team on Labor Day.

Strahan has been a non-holdout holdout, skipping training camp and the preseason as he contemplates "retirement."

Many league insiders believe that Strahan merely was trying to get out of New York without being perceived to be the bad guy. But the team called his bluff, so far.

The only problem for the Giants is that there's a feeling that they really don't want Strahan around, but that they don't want to let him get his way. And in light of the distraction that his arrival will create as the team prepares for a season opener in prime time, it could be that the Giants decide to find a partner who will take him off of their hands.


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Very convenient to miss all the hard work of training camp.

and that is what is wrong with the giaints. The guys who busted their butts in TC knew the pampered one would be in when the time was right. That is the star system at its worst. It will divide the team in due time! GOOD!

Posted: 16 minutes ago

Schefter: Strahan to end holdout, report to Giants on Monday

NFL.com Wire Reports

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- After mulling retirement the entire offseason, defensive end Michael Strahan has decided to play for the Giants this season, the NFL Network's Adam Schefter reports.

Schefter said Strahan will report to the Giants on Monday.

Earlier Friday, a seemingly frustrated coach Tom Coughlin was taking the approach that the seven-time Pro Bowl player was not going to return to the Giants for his 15th season, but instead retire.

"I have to, I have to," Coughlin said Friday morning when asked about Strahan's five-week-plus holdout. "That's been the way, not by choice, by necessity. Again, we'll work with the guys that are here."

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Coughlin seemed upset that the NFL's active leader in sacks (132½) was still mulling a decision 36 days after training camp opened and with the season opener at Dallas a little more than a week away.

The Giants have to make their final cut to the 53-man roster Saturday.

While Strahan is on the reserve-did not report list and will not count on the final roster, Coughlin insists that not knowing what Strahan intended to do was going to affect which players the Giants kept, both on both their roster and practice squad.

"He (Strahan) is very well aware of that," Coughlin said, adding that general manager Jerry Reese has relayed those concerns to both the player and Tony Agnone, his agent.

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Reese had no comment Friday. Agnone did not return an e-mail left by The Associated Press.

Now that he has decided to play, Strahan has four practices to get ready for the Giants' season opener against Dallas. Third-year-man Justin Tuck has been starting in Strahan's left defensive end spot and has played well in preseason games.

Coughlin would not speculate whether Strahan would play in the opener under those circumstances.

The Giants have fined Strahan $14,288 for each day of his holdout. His fine total reached $514,368 on Friday. Had he retired, he would not have had to pay the fine.

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

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