The Giants had two days of their offseason program taken away yesterday for violating the league's collective bargaining agreement under new coach Tom Coughlin.

After receiving several complaints from players, Harold Henderson, the league's executive vice president for labor relations, and NFLPA Executive Director Gene Upshaw determined that the Giants violated rules on the length of workouts and the scheduling of classroom sessions in the offseason.

The Giants will not work out next Wednesday and Thursday. Players will not be permitted to come to Giants Stadium on those days, but they will be paid for the sessions.

Offseason workouts will resume on June 1.

"We did not intentionally violate any rules," Coughlin said in a statement released by the Giants. "The issues that have been brought to our attention will be corrected."

* RAVENS, STEWART TALK: The Ravens, looking for a veteran backup quarterback after learning that Anthony Wright will undergo shoulder surgery next week, have opened discussions with the representative for former Steelers and Bears starter Kordell Stewart.

"They've called and indicated their interest,'' agent Leigh Steinberg said. "We're considering it.''

Stewart was released by the Bears in March. The Ravens also have been in contact with free agent Kerry Collins, but he appears likely to sign with the Raiders.

* ACCIDENTAL DEATH: The death of the son of Packers assistant coach Ray Sherman was ruled an accident by a judge.

Ray Sherman II, 14, died a year ago after shooting himself in the head with his father's pistol in the family garage.

Two days later, an interim medical examiner ruled the death a suicide. In November, he changed his ruling. The family filed a petition seeking to change the death certificate. Judge Richard Dietz declared the death accidental.

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