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Jay Glazer / FOXSports.com

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Giants Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Strahan's worst fears did not come true but he also wasn't given the best of news today.


Strahan told FOXSports.com on the way back from his mid-morning MRI that doctors have told him he'll be on crutches for at least the next week because of sprained ligaments in his right foot.

"They told me anywhere from two to eight weeks, they don't know for sure," said a very somber Strahan, who suffered the injury during the second quarter of the Giants' 14-10 win over the Texans Sunday. "It's really up to how long it takes to heal. It's not torn but it's similar to the injury that I had as a rookie that kept me out for several weeks."


Strahan has been told to keep off his foot for at least the next week and doctors will take another look at the foot after the Bears game next Sunday.


"They said the way I got it I was lucky because if I injured it by someone coming down on the back of my heel, that would have been much worse," he said. "I guess we'll just have to wait and see how fast I can come back from this. I want to get back in there as soon as I can."


The Bears-Giants matchup will certainly be without one star due to a foot injury and now we may have to wait a little to see if it will be without another. Brian Urlacher told FOXSports.com that an MRI this morning showed he too has a sprained ligament.


Unlike Strahan, however, Urlacher sounds like he's planning to play in Week 10.


"If it's up to me I will," Urlacher said. "They told me it all depends on how much pain I can take. I can deal with that."




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Strahan to miss 2-4 weeks with sprained foot ligamentBy

Len Pasquarelli




A New York Giants defense already thinned by injuries suffered another setback Monday morning when an MRI and a CAT scan confirmed that left end Michael Strahan sustained a sprain to the ligament connecting the Lisfranc joint of his right foot during Sunday's victory over the Houston Texans.



The damage is not quite as serious as in some Lisfranc injuries, which are often ligament tears which require surgery, but Strahan will be on crutches for at least a week. No surgery is required, but Giants' head trainer Ronnie Barnes said in a statement released by the team that "a reasonable timeframe for [strahan's] possible return" would be 2-4 weeks.


But such mid-foot injuries are dicey and unpredictable and a return by Strahan even in a month might be a bit optimistic. Some players who have suffered Lisfranc injuries, even those not requiring surgical repair, have been sidelined for months as they rehabilitated from the sprain.


Tests on both Sunday and Monday revealed no broken bones in the foot. Strahan will be re-examined next week to gauge his progress in recovery.


The injury occurred in the second quarter when Strahan said his foot simply got caught in the FieldTurf surface at Giants Stadium. He left the game, did not return, and exited the stadium wearing a protective walking boot on the foot.


New York, which has won five straight games and hosts Chicago in a big NFC showdown next Sunday night, is already without several other defensive starters. Strongside linebacker LaVar Arrington is out for the season after rupturing his left Achilles tendon two weeks ago. Right end Osi Umenyiora, who along with Strahan made the Pro Bowl in 2005, missed Sunday's game with a hip flexor and his status for the game with the Bears has not yet been determined. Cornerback Sam Madison (hamstring), defensive end Jason Tuck (foot) and linebacker Brandon Short (quadriceps) all missed Sunday's 14-10 victory.


First-round draft choice Mathias Kiwanuka filled in for Umenyiora on Sunday and played well. But if Umenyiora is unable to play next Sunday, the Giants will face the Bears minus both starting ends. They could be forced to start the inexperienced Adrian Awasom, a former practice squad player. Awasom filled in after Strahan left against the Texans and made two tackles.


Strahan, 34, is a seven-time Pro Bowl performer. The 14-year veteran has 132½ career sacks, including three this season in eight starts.

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