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NFL | Players always aware of injuries to opponents

Sat, 07 Apr 2012 06:38:32 -0700

Former NFL LB Antonio Pierce said former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams' speech, in which he told players to target injured opponents, is nothing new. "I've heard that speech from seven of the defensive coordinators I've played with in my nine-year career," Pierce said. "Think about it, if a guy knows he's going to get hit hard, he's not going to come across that middle." Pierce, who played under Williams with the Washington Redskins in 2004, called the coach's choice of words "a little harsh, they're a little tough," but talked about the awareness of an opponent's injured players. "Throughout the week we always knew who was injured and what body part was injured," Pierce said. "If he's not in the game, our chances of winning are higher. And that's what it's all about. It's all about winning."

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Giants | Jonathan Goff will get first chance to replace Antonio Pierce

Mon, 12 Jul 2010 05:18:01 -0700

New York Giants LB Jonathan Goff is expected to receive the first opportunity to replace retired LB Antonio Pierce this season, according to Michael Lombardi, of NFL Network. LBs Gerris Wilkinson and Phillip Dillard will also get an opportunity to compete. They will get reps in what will be a close race throughout training camp.

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NFL | Antonio Pierce announces retirement

Thu, 08 Jul 2010 06:37:55 -0700

Unrestricted free-agent LB Antonio Pierce (Giants) has announced his retirement from professional football and has joined ESPN as an analyst, reports ESPN.com.

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NFL | Antonio Pierce unsure about future

Fri, 28 May 2010 09:41:24 -0700

Unrestricted free-agent LB Antonio Pierce (Giants) said during a television interview that he will need surgery to repair a herniated disc in his neck if he wants to play again and that is not an option he is looking forward to, reports Ohm Youngmisuk, of ESPNNewYork.com. "It is healing but I am going to need surgery to continue playing. That's not an option I am looking forward to. It is looking like it is going down that [retirement] path. First offseason I am having away from football and I am enjoying it," Pierce said.

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Rams | Health will determine whether Pierce could be signed

Wed, 17 Feb 2010 07:51:33 -0800

NFL.com reports St. Louis Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo said Tuesday, Feb. 16, the team could sign free-agent LB Antonio Pierce (Giants) if he is healthy. "I guess all of those situations are possible," Spagnuolo said. "I think the health of the player is probably the most important thing. I'd check on that."

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Rams | Have not talked with Pierce yet

Tue, 16 Feb 2010 12:51:44 -0800

StLouisRams.com reports St. Louis Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo said he has not spoken with unrestricted free-agent LB Antonio Pierce (Giants) at this time but could do so at some point.

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NFL | Pierce says neck is fine

Thu, 11 Feb 2010 14:26:06 -0800

Mike Garafolo, of The Star-Ledger, reports unrestricted free-agent LB Antonio Pierce (Giants) said he underwent an MRI on his neck recently that showed everything appears to be fine. Pierce suffered a bulging disk last season, but it was not the reason he was released by the New York Giants.

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Raiders | Unlikely to be interested in Pierce

Thu, 11 Feb 2010 11:43:59 -0800

Bill Williamson, of ESPN.com, reports the Oakland Raiders likely will not be interested in unrestricted free-agent LB Antonio Pierce (Giants).

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Giants | Pierce released

Thu, 11 Feb 2010 10:18:29 -0800

Ralph Vacchiano, of the New York Daily News, reports the New York Giants have released LB Antonio Pierce, according to a source.

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Giants | Pierce's status with team likely to be discussed

Tue, 09 Feb 2010 11:56:19 -0800

Ralph Vacchiano, of the New York Daily News, reports the New York Giants management and coaches likely will discuss LB Antonio Pierce's status with the team in the next week or so.

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Giants | Pierce expected to return next year

Tue, 01 Dec 2009 13:04:59 -0800

Alex Marvez, of FOXSports.com, reports New York Giants LB Antonio Pierce (neck) is expecting to be fully recovered from a bulging disc in his neck by mid February. Pierce is also optimistic that he will play in 2010. "I don't see why I wouldn't be there," Pierce said. "This was a season that got cut short by injury that shocked all of us management, coaches and players. With everything I gave New York the past five years, I feel I'll be here." Pierce said surgery is not an option for his injury.

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Giants | Pierce told risk of playing was too great

Mon, 30 Nov 2009 18:43:15 -0800

Ralph Vacchiano, of the New York Daily News, reports New York Giants LB Antonio Pierce (neck) was told by doctors that it would be too great a risk for him to play with a bulging disc in his neck, and the team did not believe it would heal in time for the postseason. Pierce said, "The doctors have told me that given my current condition, the risk of playing is too great, regardless of how I feel physically. That is the most disappointing part of this, because I feel great and have no pain."

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Giants | Pierce placed on IR

Mon, 30 Nov 2009 14:42:31 -0800

Ralph Vacchiano, of the New York Daily News, reports the New York Giants have placed LB Antonio Pierce (neck) on Injured Reserve, ending his 2009 season.

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Giants | Week 12 Inactives

Thu, 26 Nov 2009 16:30:23 -0800

The New York Giants have declared OT Adam Koets, RB Ahmad Bradshaw, LB Antonio Pierce, CB D.J. Johnson, OL Guy Whimper, CB Kevin Dockery, WR Ramses Barden, WR Sinorice Moss inactive for Week 12.

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Giants | Pierce visiting with specialist

Wed, 25 Nov 2009 10:28:09 -0800

Mike Garafolo, of The Star-Ledger, reports New York Giants LB Antonio Pierce (neck) is visiting with neck specialist Dr. Robert Watkins. He is receiving a second opinion on the bulging disc in his neck.

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Giants | Pierce ruled out for Week 12

Mon, 23 Nov 2009 15:26:02 -0800

Ralph Vacchiano, of the New York Daily News, reports New York Giants LB Antonio Pierce (neck) has been ruled out for Week 12, but might travel with the team for the game.

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Giants | Pierce not practicing Monday

Mon, 23 Nov 2009 14:11:03 -0800

Ralph Vacchiano, of the New York Daily News, reports New York Giants LB Antonio Pierce (neck) is not participating in practice Monday, Nov. 23.

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Giants | Week 11 Inactives

Sun, 22 Nov 2009 08:46:40 -0800

The New York Giants have declared OT Adam Koets, LB Antonio Pierce, CB D.J. Johnson, RB Gartrell Johnson, OL Guy Whimper, CB Kevin Dockery, WR Ramses Barden, WR Sinorice Moss inactive for Week 11.

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Giants | Pierce injury update

Sat, 21 Nov 2009 09:45:53 -0800

Ralph Vacchiano, of the New York Daily News, reports New York Giants LB Antonio Pierce (neck) will likely miss up to six weeks, and possibly longer, due to a bulging disk in his neck. LB Chase Blackburn figures to start at middle linebacker in Pierce's absence.

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Giants | Pierce out indefinitely

Fri, 20 Nov 2009 19:11:16 -0800

The New York Giants announced LB Antonio Pierce (neck) was diagnosed with a bulging disc in his neck Friday, Nov. 20, and he will be sidelined indefinitely, according to the team's medical staff. Pierce originally suffered a burner Oct. 25 and experienced very little discomfort until practicing this week. Pierce said, "I had no idea that what happened a few weeks ago could keep me off the field. I didn't think it was that serious. I'm going to do everything the doctors tell me to do so I can get back out on the field as soon as possible."

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Giants | McKenzie, Pierce practice Friday

Fri, 30 Oct 2009 15:08:54 -0700

Updating a previous report, Ralph Vacchiano, of the New York Daily News, reports New York Giants OT Kareem McKenzie (groin) and LB Antonio Pierce (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 30. They are listed as probable for Week 8 and will play.

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Giants | Pierce, McKenzie probable for Week 8

Fri, 30 Oct 2009 12:50:21 -0700

Ralph Vacchiano, of the New York Daily News, reports New York Giants LB Antonio Pierce (ankle) and OT Kareem McKenzie (groin) are listed as probable for Week 8.

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Giants | Pierce practices Thursday

Thu, 29 Oct 2009 14:21:42 -0700

Ralph Vacchiano, of the New York Daily News, reports New York Giants LB Antonio Pierce (ankle) participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 29.

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Giants | Pierce misses practice Wednesday

Wed, 28 Oct 2009 14:31:37 -0700

Michael Eisen, of Giants.com, reports New York Giants LB Antonio Pierce (ankle) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 28.

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Giants | Pierce probable for Week 7

Fri, 23 Oct 2009 13:16:50 -0700

Ralph Vacchiano, of the New York Daily News, reports New York Giants LB Antonio Pierce (back) participated in practice Friday, Oct. 23. He is listed as probable for Week 7 and will play in the game.

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Giants | Pierce practices Thursday

Thu, 22 Oct 2009 12:04:12 -0700

Ralph Vacchiano, of the New York Daily News, reports New York Giants LB Antonio Pierce (back) participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 22. He should be able to play in Week 7.

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Giants | Pierce, Bradshaw limited Wednesday

Wed, 21 Oct 2009 15:33:42 -0700

Updating a previous report, Michael Eisen, of Giants.com, reports New York Giants LB Antonio Pierce (back) and RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot, ankle) were limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 21. Pierce left practice early because of a stiff back.

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Giants | Pierce leaves practice early Wednesday

Wed, 21 Oct 2009 12:08:02 -0700

Ralph Vacchiano, of the New York Daily News, reports New York Giants LB Antonio Pierce (back) left practice early Wednesday, Oct. 21, because of a stiff back.

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Raiders | Motivated by Pierce's comments

Mon, 19 Oct 2009 07:19:37 -0700

Bill Williamson, of ESPN.com, reports Oakland Raiders players were motivated for their Week 6 game after comments made by New York Giants LB Antonio Pierce following Week 5. Pierce said playing the Raiders was like a scrimmage. "I'm not going to lie, it was noticed by us," LB Kirk Morrison said. "We talked about it. We don't want people saying that stuff about us. We all agreed that we were not playing with confidence and it was time to wake up. Those comments really got us going ... Antonio did us a favor by saying those things."

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Raiders | Pierce has harsh words for team

Wed, 14 Oct 2009 06:04:16 -0700

Alex Marvez, of FOXSports.com, reports New York Giants LB Antonio Pierce said during a radio interview Tuesday, Oct. 13, that playing against the Oakland Raiders in Week 5 felt more like a scrimmage than a game in the regular season. "I do not like knocking teams. But right now, they're struggling. We're playing that game the other day and, honestly, it felt like a scrimmage, like a practice. It felt like we were going against our offense (in a controlled setting) as far as the tempo," Pierce said. "There was no vibe of trying or effort from the Raiders at all from a defensive standpoint against their offense. We're getting three-and-outs. You don't hear nobody (saying), 'Hey, let's go!' trying to pick the guys up, rallying them, getting guys fired up. There was nothing. It was quiet..."

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Giants | Pierce excused from practice Monday

Mon, 07 Sep 2009 08:02:33 -0700

The Associated Press reports New York Giants LB Antonio Pierce (personal) was excused from practice Monday, Sept. 7, due to personal reasons. Pierce had to handle an undisclosed issue, according to a team spokesman.

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Giants | Pierce sits out Saturday

Sun, 30 Aug 2009 15:11:54 -0700

Michael Eisen, of Giants.com, reports New York Giants LB Antonio Pierce (foot) missed the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 29, with a foot injury. It is unknown if he will be available for the team's final preseason game Thursday, Sept. 3. Head coach Tom Coughlin said, "It's a foot injury and we are being very cautious with it because there is soreness involved there."

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Giants | Several players not expected to play Saturday

Fri, 28 Aug 2009 12:20:31 -0700

Michael Eisen, of Giants.com, reports New York Giants DT Chris Canty (hamstring), DT Jay Alford (knee), CB Aaron Ross (hamstring), CB Stoney Woodson (ankle), LB Antonio Pierce (foot), LB Michael Boley (hip), WR David Tyree (hamstring), OL Orrin Thompson (quadriceps) and RB Andre Brown (Achilles') are not expected to play in the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 29.

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Giants | Pierce does some individual work Thursday

Thu, 27 Aug 2009 14:37:23 -0700

Tom Rock, of Newsday, reports New York Giants LB Antonio Pierce (foot) took part in some individual drills during practice Thursday, Aug. 27. He said he is feeling better. He will not play in the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 29.

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Giants | Three players miss practice Wednesday

Wed, 26 Aug 2009 13:25:54 -0700

Michael Eisen, of Giants.com, reports New York Giants LB Antonio Pierce (foot), CB Aaron Ross (hamstring) and DT Chris Canty (hamstring) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Aug. 26.

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Giants | Pierce not practicing Tuesday

Tue, 25 Aug 2009 07:51:27 -0700

CBSSports.com reports New York Giants LB Antonio Pierce (foot) did not practice Tuesday, Aug. 25.

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Giants | Pierce held out of practice Monday

Mon, 24 Aug 2009 15:43:56 -0700

Tom Rock, of Newsday, reports New York Giants LB Antonio Pierce (foot) was held out of practice Monday, Aug. 24.

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Giants | Four players miss walkthrough Friday

Fri, 21 Aug 2009 08:28:06 -0700

CBSSports.com reports New York Giants CB Aaron Ross (hamstring), FS Kenny Phillips (knee), LB Antonio Pierce (foot) and LB Michael Boley (hip) are not participating in the team's walkthrough Friday, Aug. 21.

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Giants | Five to sit out Saturday's game

Fri, 21 Aug 2009 05:10:05 -0700

Paul Schwartz, of the New York Post, reports New York Giants CB Aaron Ross (hamstring), LB Antonio Pierce (foot), S Kenny Phillips (knee), OG Chris Snee (leg) and DT Chris Canty (hamstring) will not play in the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 22.

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Giants | Pierce, Phillips sitting out Thursday

Thu, 20 Aug 2009 13:07:29 -0700

CBSSports.com reports New York Giants LB Antonio Pierce (foot) and S Kenny Phillips (knee) are not participating in the team's practice Thursday, Aug. 20.

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Giants | Pierce, Phillips sit out Wednesday night

Wed, 19 Aug 2009 17:50:32 -0700

Michael Eisen, of Giants.com, reports New York Giants LB Antonio Pierce (foot) and S Kenny Phillips (knee) missed the team's evening practice Wednesday, Aug. 19.

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Giants | Pierce does not regret helping Burress

Tue, 04 Aug 2009 09:25:41 -0700

The Associated Press reports New York Giants LB Antonio Pierce said Tuesday, Aug. 4, he has no regrets about his actions in helping free-agent WR Plaxico Burress (Giants) after his former teammate accidentally shot himself in the leg last November. Pierce said he acted reasonably, responsibly and instinctively in helping Burress.

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Giants | Pierce will not receive any punishment from NFL

Mon, 03 Aug 2009 12:06:37 -0700

Ralph Vacchiano, of the New York Daily News, reports New York Giants LB Antonio Pierce will not receive any punishment from the NFL for violating the league's personal conduct policy with his involvement in the felony case against free-agent WR Plaxico Burress (Giants).

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Giants | Pierce not indicted

Mon, 03 Aug 2009 10:37:15 -0700

ESPN reports New York Giants LB Antonio Pierce has not been indicted in the case of free-agent WR Plaxico Burress (Giants).

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Giants | Grand jury could vote on Pierce by Monday

Mon, 03 Aug 2009 08:11:29 -0700

Ralph Vacchiano, of the New York Daily News, reports a decision on a possible indictment to New York Giants LB Antonio Pierce could come as early as Monday, Aug. 3. Pierce, who is scheduled to be on the field with the Giants for their first practice of training camp, allegedly took free-agent WR Plaxico Burress' (Giants) gun from the scene at The Latin Quarter club in Manhattan and transported it to Burress' home in Totowa, N.J. The charge he's believed to be facing is the same as Burress - possession of a loaded and unlicensed firearm, which carries a mandatory minimum of 3.5 years in prison.

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Giants | Pierce optimistic he will be cleared of charges

Sun, 02 Aug 2009 15:23:28 -0700

Sal Paolantonio, of ESPN.com, reports New York Giants LB Antonio Pierce is 'cautiously optimistic" that a grand jury will vote Monday, Aug. 3, to clear him of felony gun possession charges, according to a source close to Pierce. A source with knowledge of Pierce's testimony said, "Some of the questions [from the grand jury] were accusatory, but most of them were helpful from Antonio's standpoint."

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Giants | Pierce testifies Thursday, will continue Friday

Thu, 30 Jul 2009 11:51:23 -0700

Melissa Grace, of the New York Daily News, reports New York Giants LB Antonio Pierce testified in front of a grand jury for several hours Thursday, July 30, to explain his involvement in the gun case involving unrestricted free-agent WR Plaxico Burress (Giants). Pierce will return Friday, July 31, to continue his testimony.

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Giants | Pierce to testify Thursday

Wed, 29 Jul 2009 16:31:07 -0700

Updating a previous item, Melissa Grace and Ralph Vacchiano, of the New York Daily News, reports New York Giants LB Antonio Pierce is scheduled to testify Thursday, July 30, in front of the grand jury that is investigating free-agent WR Plaxico Burress' shooting, according to a law enforcement source.

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Giants | Pierce scheduled to testify in front of grand jury

Wed, 29 Jul 2009 15:03:57 -0700

Ralph Vacchiano, of the New York Daily News, reports New York Giants LB Antonio Pierce is scheduled to testify in front of the grand jury that is investigating unrestricted free-agent WR Plaxico Burress' (Giants) shooting, according to a source. Pierce will try to convince the jury not to indict him for his involvement in the situation.

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Giants | Could Pierce face jail time?

Mon, 27 Jul 2009 06:44:54 -0700

Laura Italiano, of the New York Post, reports New York Giants LB Antonio Pierce remains on the hook for allegedly possessing free-agent WR Plaxico Burress' (Giants) gun following the shooting of Burress at a nightclub and could face a jail term. Burress and Pierce were side by side in the VIP vestibule at the Latin Quarter nightclub last November when Burress accidentally shot himself with his own gun. According to law-enforcement sources, as Pierce tended to Burress, a security worker at the club placed the blood-splattered gun in the glove compartment of Pierce's Cadillac Escalade.

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