GIANTS ACLs: New York Giants tight ends Travis Beckum and Jake Ballard both tore their ACLs during the Super Bowl, leaving the team with a void heading into the draft.
Beckum tore his right ACL with 12:55 left in the first half and Ballard tore his left ACL in the fourth quarter.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin said both have had their surgeries. Because of the injuries, the Giants are paying more attention to tight ends than usual in their scouting.
"Whether it's draft or whatever, we're going to have to have some way of compensating so we have enough people in camp to be able to work," Coughlin said.
SCHAUB BETTER: Houston quarterback Matt Schaub is getting around just fine on his right foot.
Heck, he's even itching to get back on the golf course.
Texans coach Gary Kubiak said Friday that Schaub no longer wears a boot to protect the foot that ended his 2011 season in November. Schaub was diagnosed with a Lisfranc fracture after getting hurt against Tampa Bay on Nov. 13. It didn't prevent the Texans from making the playoffs for the first time or becoming AFC South champs.
Schaub is expected to be fully recovered sometime in May but will be held out of the Texans' offseason mini-camps.
"Just to keep him out of harm's way from that standpoint," Kubiak said.
THOMPSON AND SEINFELD: Ted Thompson did not plead the Fifth Amendment when it came to answering questions Thursday, but the Packers general manager came pretty close.
"I'm a horrible guy to be up here answering questions that I'm not going to answer," he said. "I'm not going to give any information that I think could be used against us. This is a very small fraternity in the National Football League, and once you get to Indianapolis, with everybody here, it's even smaller.
"I guess you can go the route you can say the opposite. You can be like Opposite George on Seinfeld. You know, say whatever is opposite."
OLD TIMER WEEDEN: Brandon Weeden is following a path to the NFL similar to the one taken by 2000 Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke.
Weeden followed his dream to be a pro baseball player, then switched to football and had an outstanding senior season at Oklahoma State. Weinke also put off college football to play pro baseball, then switched and won the Heisman at age 28, the same age Weeden is now.
Weeden got Weinke's phone number from a mutual acquaintance, and the two talked for 90 minutes.
"He opened up to let me pick his brain a little bit because it's a unique situation," Weeden said. "There's not very many guys who've been in this situation, so he was extremely helpful to me."
The Carolina Panthers took Weinke in the fourth round of the 2001 draft, and he finished his pro career with 3,904 yards passing and 15 touchdowns in five years. He started as a rookie and passed for 2,931 yards and 11 scores.
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