NFL news of November 23, 2002

Herman Moore, who has not played in an N.F.L. game in more than a year, says that clues to how much he has lost will not be found by examining his times in the 40-yard dash or his efforts to absorb the Giants’ playbook. Simply look where he is during the Giants’ game against the Texans in Houston on Sunday.

Moore is certain he will be in a familiar place on Sunday, running precise and powerful routes. The wide receiver possesses the confidence of a player who set National Football League records during his 11 seasons with the Detroit Lions. And the injury-riddled Giants are hoping that he is right. Ike Hilliard is out for the season and Ron Dixon is out for at least one more game, leaving the Giants with Amani Toomer and two rookies at wide receiver.

Coach Jim Fassel said he was unsure what he will get from the 33-year-old Moore, but he intends to put him on the field. Moore was signed by the Giants last week, but sat out the game against Washington last Sunday because he needed to learn the Giants’ offense and get into shape. This week, Moore will be in the game plan, although the rookie Daryl Jones will likely start opposite Toomer.

Moore last played on Oct. 8, 2001, when he caught two passes for the Lions against the St. Louis Cardinals. He was placed on injured reserve nine days later with an abdominal muscle tear, which was the latest in a run of injuries. Before that, he earned a place in N.F.L. history by accumulating 600 catches more quickly than anyone else, a record that was broken by Indianapolis wide receiver Marvin Harrison this season. Moore also set a single-season record of 123 catches in 1995, which Harrison might surpass this year.

— Steve Popper, The New York Times “After a Long Time Off, Moore Is Ready to Play”

Herman Moore finished with no catches for the Giants in their game against the Texans. It was his final appearance in an NFL game. Marvin Harrison finished the 2002 season with an NFL-record 143 catches, surpassing Moore’s record.


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