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Clint Sintim has second chance

New Giants' defensive coordinator Perry Fewell addresses his

New Giants' defensive coordinator Perry Fewell addresses his defenders, including Michael Boley, Clint Sintim, and Jonathan Goff during the Giants' morning practice, Monday. (August 2, 2010) Credit: Jon Winslow

When he came to training camp, Clint Sintim was ticketed to start at outside linebacker, but that changed when the Giants signed veteran Keith Bulluck as a free agent and moved him outside. That was an adjustment for Bulluck, who found himself in a situational role, and now his turf toe injury might give Sintim a chance to start against the Bears Sunday night.

Bulluck is listed as doubtful but said he has seen some improvement and is hoping to get treatment and be ready by gametime, but Sintim got all the work in practice as part of a complicated package of defenses for the 3-0 Bears and quarterback Jay Cutler.

"Clint is definitely ready to play," said Bulluck, who would have to wear a steel plate to protect his toe and keep it from bending when he runs. "He was ready to play when preseason camp started, but the coaches saw it differently. Anytime a player who was supposed to be the starter and was unseated gets a chance to go out there again and make plays, I think you can expect plays to be made out of Sintim."

Sintim expressed his appreciation for Bulluck's vote of confidence and said he's worked hard to regain the confidence of the coaching staff. "My goal since we started training camp was to get better every day and progress with my reads and understand where I'm supposed to be and where I fit," Sintim said. "I think that's happened since training camp. From Day 1 to now, I'm a better player than I was in training camp.

"I just want the opportunity to play. I haven't really played much during the regular season. This week looks like it's going to be my opportunity to play, so, I'm very excited about that."

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