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© St. Petersburg Times, published January 5, 2001


Hilliard to return punts?

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Giants coach Jim Fassel is a little concerned about Tiki Barber's ability to field punts, and there is an outside chance Amani Toomer or Ike Hilliard will do that against Philadelphia on Sunday.

Barber practiced with a smaller cast on his broken left arm Thursday and didn't appear to have problems.

Toomer was surprised by the possibility. Hilliard was excited about doing it for the first time since his freshman year at Florida.

Toomer was the Giants' punt returner in 1997 and 1998.

Receiver Joe Jurevicius, who missed the final two games of the season with a sprained right knee, will be a game-time decision, Fassel said.

EAGLES: Sean Landeta has fond memories of Giants Stadium. Most punters have nightmares.

Landeta, in his second season with the Eagles, spent the first nine years of his NFL career with the Giants. He survived the notorious wind at Giants Stadium, earned two trips to the Pro Bowl and established himself as one of the all-time best at the position.

"Numerous times after pregame, guys would come over to me and they'd be beside themselves," Landeta said. "They'd say, "What do you do with this?' and I'd tell them, "I'll let you know after the game.' "

Landeta, who returns to the Meadowlands on Sunday, said he is looking at the forecast.

"Punters and kickers who say they don't do that are lying," Landeta said. "I'm not afraid to say I've looked at it, and it has a chance to be a pretty good day. What matters most is what's going on the 10 seconds you are out there."

The forecast is partly cloudy with highs in the mid 30s.

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