Strahan Returns to Giants

Elusive defensive end reports to team after five-week holdout
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2007 3:50 AM CDT
Members of the press wait in front of the locker of New York Giants' Michael Strahan in the locker room Monday, Sept.3, 2007, at Giant's Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Strahan, a seven-time football...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Giants fans released the collective breath they had been holding for five weeks yesterday as Michael Strahan finally reported to the team stadium to end his holdout. The defensive end will play his 15th season, and will pay the team a "significant amount" of the fine he incurred for his 36-day absence, reports Newsday.

Strahan arrived four hours later than expected, thus avoiding a mob of reporters glued to his locker. General Manager Jerry Reese emphasized that Strahan's tardiness was due to administrative issues, and "is no reflection on his desire to be part of this team." The Giants play Dallas in Sunday's opener.