Whispers from around the NFL

Why has Giants RB Tiki Barber been so successful this season running to his left? Team observers say that OLT Luke Petitgout and OLG David Diehl both are having strong seasons, especially on run blocking.

• A source close to the Browns says if and when the team decides to give Charlie Frye the starting QB job, it will be on general manager Phil Savage's timetable.

• Any doubts that the Rams would keep DT Damione Lewis from testing the unrestricted free-agent waters next offseason were removed following his ill-timed ejection in the Rams-Saints game for punching Saints C LeCharles Bentley in the groin. We hear Lewis, who was fined $7,500 by the NFL five days after the incident, is as good as gone in St. Louis after this season.