Peep Show

Updated: October 17, 2003, 2:58 PM ET
By By Darrell Trimble | ESPN Insider
New York Giants: With CB Will Peterson possibly shelved for the season with a fractured vertebrae, the Giants need someone on defense to elevate their level of play. That someone could be DE Michael Strahan, who missed the entire preseason because he broke his pinkie to not once, but twice, and was criticized for getting off to a slow start last month. But he benefited greatly from the team's bye week, and since then has three sacks in his last two games. "I feel better than even last year's Michael," Strahan told the Newark Star-Ledger. "I feel good. Oh man, it was phenomenal. Just to have that week off, not putting the stress and pressure on it definitely helped me feel better. When I came back that next week, I felt fine. Ever since then, it's gotten better every week. It's to the point now where I don't even think about it and I've even taken off a lot of the stuff that I do to protect it."

New York Jets: DT Josh Evans, who is currently serving a suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, could be available to play as soon as Nov. 9 against Oakland. The New York Times reports the Jets could know by the end of the month if the league will reinstate the repeat offender. Evans was the team's best interior lineman last year and his presence would be a welcomed addition to a defensive line that finally looks like it might be playing up to its potential.

Washington Redskins: G Dave Fiore is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery today on his right knee. Fiore said he hopes to return to the Redskins' lineup for their Nov. 2 game at Dallas. "We're trying to make it a situation where it's a little more functional and I can play in a couple weeks," Fiore told the Washington Post. "There's been a lot of deliberation over this, a lot of different discussions. It was really a close call over whether to wait it out and try other medications or get the 'scope. But if we waited and the medication didn't work and I had to have the 'scope three weeks from now, we would have been that much further down the road." Because the Redskins have a bye next week, Fiore could miss only one game before returning.