New York Giants receiver Taye Biddle is recovering from gunshot wounds to his hand and leg after being shot while visiting family in his hometown of Decatur, Ala.

Decatur police said in a statement yesterday that Biddle was shot outside a residence and was treated at a hospital and released.

Police said there was no evidence Biddle caused or provoked the shooting.

Police have not made any arrests.

Biddle, 25, was promoted from the Giants' practice squad after receiver Plaxico Burress was suspended for a game in September.

Burress' season ended prematurely when he shot himself in the leg in a nightclub.

Pettine on top. Shortly after becoming coach of the New York Jets on Monday, Rex Ryan made sure that Mike Pettine Jr. came with him as his defensive coordinator.

Pettine, a 1984 graduate of Central Bucks West High, was on Baltimore's staff as a defensive assistant for seven years, including the last four as outside linebackers coach.

Pettine and Ryan will bring a playmaking, high-energy style of defense to the Jets but will let the players they have determine the overall style of the unit. That's a departure from the inflexible approach taken by the fired Eric Mangini.

"One thing about our system is it's player-driven," Pettine said. "We've always been of the mind-set if you fit your system to the players, not the players to the system. We're not going to come in with the playbook and say we're squeezing the New York Jets' personnel into the Baltimore Ravens' playbook."

Pettine's path to the NFL was unique. He spent five seasons as an assistant under his father, Mike, who ended his career at West as the winningest coach in Pennsylvania high school history.

The younger Pettine was a defensive graduate assistant for two seasons at Pittsburgh before coaching high school football for seven years.

In 2002, he became the Ravens' video assistant under Brian Billick and worked his way up to the defensive staff.

Vincent on short list. In what is shaping up as a contest between former NFL Players Association presidents Troy Vincent and Trace Armstrong, the union narrowed its list to five candidates to succeed the late Gene Upshaw as executive director.

A source said the other three candidates are former Bears tackle Jim Covert, Ben Utt, who played for Baltimore and Indianapolis, and Washington-based attorney DeMaurice Smith.

Vincent played cornerback for the Eagles from 1996 to 2003. Armstrong played defensive end for the Bears, Dolphins and Raiders.

Reality Cowboys. Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin is launching a reality TV show in which 12 "football neophytes" will compete for a spot on the Dallas Cowboys' training-camp roster.

The Cowboys confirmed that one of their 80 roster spots will go to the winner. The show, which does not have a title yet, will be shown this spring on Spike.

Seahawks. Seattle hired Tim Lewis, the former Pennridge High and University of Pittsburgh star, as defensive backs coach. Lewis was with the Carolina Panthers for the last five seasons.

Jurisprudence. The death of former NFL defensive lineman Shane Dronett has been ruled a suicide by the Gwinnett County (Ga.) medical examiner's office.

The 38-year-old Dronett, who played for 10 years in the NFL and started every game for the Atlanta Falcons' 1998 Super Bowl team, was found dead at his home Wednesday.

Noteworthy. New Tampa Bay coach Raheem Morris hired Jim Bates as defensive coordinator. Bates was with the Denver Broncos for the last two seasons. . . . Defensive coordinator Mike Trgovac left Carolina, the fifth Panthers assistant to depart since the upset playoff loss to Arizona on Jan. 10. . . . Giants coach Tom Coughlin named former Jets assistant Jim Herrmann as linebackers coach.