Peep Show

Updated: December 19, 2003, 4:14 PM ET
By By Darrell Trimble | ESPN Insider
New York Giants: Now that Jim Fassel has been fired the club can begin to search for a new head coach, and it appears that they've already contacted one candidate. Newsday is reporting the Giants contacted former Jacksonville coach Tom Coughlin Thursday to set up an interview sometime next week. Coughlin declined to comment last night when reached at his Florida home. Coughlin was the Giants receivers coach from 1988 to 1990 and has a .531 winning percentage that includes two trips to the AFC Championship game.

Green Bay Packers: QB Brett Favre made the Pro Bowl for the eighth time, but his injured thumb could prevent him from making the trip to Honolulu. Coach Mike Sherman had said that his quarterback's broken thumb was getting better, but Favre said he doesn't fee like it is. "It may require some type of surgery at the end of the season," he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "I mean, I had a torn knee ligament last year, but I believe eight weeks last year after I hurt my knee I was perfectly healthy. But this, this shows no signs of being better. At least the X-rays haven't. It feels a little bit better. I don't know what's going to happen at the end of the season, if I need to get it fixed or what."

St. Louis Rams: The team planed on having WR Isaac Bruce participate in Thursday's practice, but plans are made to be broken. Bruce, who is recovering from a high ankle sprain he suffered in last week's win over Seattle, was initially expected to return to practice Saturday but the medical staff was impressed with his quick recovery. But this shouldn't be considered a setback, according to coach Mike Martz. "I think he'll be all right," Martz told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "We've asked him to stay out of everything until maybe Saturday morning. There's no sense aggravating it. He doesn't need to learn how to run pass routes at this point. We're going to be very careful with Isaac and make sure that he's ready to go. But he's very confident." Bruce did do some jogging and individual agility drills with the strength and conditioning, and appeared to move well.