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Daniel my brother: Giants' Fells will see Cardinals' Darren, also a tight end

Giants' TE Daniel Fells going through passing drills

Giants' TE Daniel Fells going through passing drills during practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, NJ on July 25, 2014. Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams, Jr.

They play the same position, wear the same number and share the same last name.

Yet Sunday's game between the Giants and Arizona Cardinals will mark the first time that brothers Daniel and Darren Fells will be on the same football field together.

Daniel, a 30-year-old tight end who has bounced around the league, sat out last year before making the Giants' roster this season after an impressive training camp.

Darren, 28, had been playing basketball internationally for five years before deciding to try his hand at football, a sport he hadn't played since high school. He spent last year on the Cardinals' practice squad and will be one of four tight ends on the roster when Arizona visits MetLife Stadium.

"I think it's going to be amazing to look across the football field and see him wearing the same number as me, 85," Daniel said Friday after the Giants practiced. "I haven't seen him in a football uniform since he was in high school."

Over the years, the Giants have had a number of players with brothers who also play in the league. Eli and Peyton Manning are the most famous, of course, followed by Tiki and Ronde Barber.

Unlike those pairings, the Fells brothers are not household names. Still, they realize how rare and fortunate they are to be playing a game they love on the highest level.

"It's kind of surreal still," Daniel said. "My parents have two boys in the NFL and one of them started off as a basketball player and started to convert over."

Darren, a 6-7, 281-pounder, turned down football scholarships from UCLA, Arizona State and Washington in order to play basketball at Cal State Fullerton. Daniel said though his brother made good money and got to travel around the world -- he played in Belgium, Finland, Mexico and Argentina -- his passion for the game began to wane two years ago.

"One day he woke up and said, 'Let me try football,' " Daniel said. "And sure enough, he's pretty good at it."

Daniel and Darren have been exchanging texts all week and hoped to get together for dinner Saturday night if they could work it around their teams' schedules. Their parents couldn't make it out for the game, but they'll be watching at home.

Said Daniel: "I think they'll be cheering for whatever team has the ball."

Notes & quotes: Giants punter Steve Weatherford, who tore ligaments in his ankle Monday night against the Lions, returned to practice Friday and sounded as though he will play against the Cardinals. Officially, Weatherford is listed as questionable, but he said that unless something goes wrong, he plans to be out there. "I could play tomorrow," he said . . . Linebacker Jon Beason also was back at practice after missing time with a sore foot earlier in the week. He is listed as probable . . . Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul did not practice but was upgraded to probable.

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