ALBANY, N.Y., Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Defensive end Michael Strahan of the New York Giants is out of action because of a broken little toe on his right foot.
Strahan was injured when a teammate stepped on him at practice. He will not play Thursday night in the team's preseason opener at New England, but said the injury is now serious.
"(The toe) is more sore than anything else," he said. "If I'm not ready for the Rams, there's something wrong with me."
The Giants open the regular campaign against St. Louis on Sept. 7.
Coach Jim Fassel says Strahan would play Thursday if it were a regular season contest.
"There's not much you can do but put a little extra brace in the shoe," Fassel said. "It's painful for a couple of days and then you can go."
The 6-5, 275-pounder was the second overall pick in the 1993 draft out of Texas Southern. He is fourth among active players in career sacks with 95 1/2.