Peterson eyeing spot with contending team

When last we wrote about former Giants cornerback Will Peterson, back in early June, the four-year veteran was facing the daunting challenge of recovering from a back injury that forced New York to release him a few weeks earlier, and hoping to return to the NFL in 2007.

This update is in order: After months of treatments and rehabilitation -- but note, please, no surgery -- Peterson was cleared by specialists in late September to return to the football field and will begin auditioning for teams in a few weeks. Why the delay before working out? Because Peterson, who has not played in a game in 13 months, wanted a few weeks to get himself back into some semblance of football shape before putting himself in front of scouts to be scrutinized.

And when he's ready to work out, there figure to be plenty of personnel directors and scouts who will want to eyeball Peterson, since more than a dozen franchises have been in touch with agent Ron Slavin to inquire about the cornerback's status.