EAST RUTHERFORD NJ - AUGUST 16: Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants drops back to pass in the first quarter during their game against the New York Jets at New Meadowlands Stadium on August 16 2010 in East Rutherford New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Eli Manning Feeling Good, But Will Not Play In Saturday's Preseason Game

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Eli Manning Feeling Good, But Will Not Play In Saturday's Preseason Game

Eli Manning has said that he’s ready to return to the football field again – even after Monday night’s collision that left him 12 stitches.

The only thing holding him back, though, is that he’s not quite able to put on his helmet yet.

“That will be the deal, seeing when I can put a helmet back on,” Manning said. “Anytime you have stitches, you got to be careful to make sure those things don’t break. When it is preseason, you kind of have time to get things healed up and it is about being smart.”

According to several reports, Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Manning will not play Saturday night against Pittsburgh.

Rhett Bomar took all of the quarterback snaps in Wednesday’s practice.


Manning: 'My Body, My Mind, My Head All Feels Really Good'

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning said Tuesday the only thing stopping him from playing right now is that he can’t put a helmet on.

“It feels really good,” Manning said on The Michael Kay Show on ESPN 1050 AM. "I was a little worried last night but no headache, no concussion of any sort. My body, my mind, my head all feels really good.

“All day I’ve been getting tests done and just making sure there is no further damage to my brain or to my skull and everything looks fine. That’s all good news.”

Manning said the only thing keeping him from returning to practice this week is whether he can put a helmet on since the wound is on his forehead. Head coach Tom Coughlin did not want to speculate on his franchise quarterback’s status for Saturday’s game against the Steelers.

“They haven’t given me an exact time frame of when I will be back but I have a feeling I might be out there this upcoming week trying to get these stitches healed up and my forehead healed,” Manning said. “I don’t know when I will be able to put a helmet on. I might have to bring out an old leather helmet to get some practice in this week because I don’t want to be sitting around doing nothing when I feel I can play.”

Good news for the Giants.


Giants' Afternoon Injury Updates

Chase Blackburn and Ramses Barden have been added to the list of walking wounded for the New York Giants. Blackburn is likely to miss several weeks with an MCL injury.



Eli Manning Not Ruled Out For Next Giants Game

Even though New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning suffered a forehead gash that caused him to need 12 stitches in Monday night’s victory over the New York Jets, the Giants aren’t ruling the quarterback out of next week’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Giants’ medical staff is trying to figure out how Manning can practice with a helmet on since the gash is on his forehead and that could impact the healing of the wound. Coughlin would not speculate as to whether he will have his starting quarterback this Saturday in a preseason game against the Steelers.

“We will wait and hear what the doctors have to say once all the examinations are concluded,” Coughlin said. “The idea for me going forward was how we are going to make it so that he can practice and play with the stitches. Naturally there is concern there from the doctor’s standpoint because just the nature of where the helmet sits according to where the stitches sit could create a problem in terms of healing.”

I fully expect Manning to sit out at least one preseason game, but it is encouraging that the gruesome looking injury isn’t nearly as bad as it looked.


Jets Glimpse Life Without Darrelle Revis

Gary Myers of the New York Daily News points out that the New York Giants last night exposed the potential weakness of the New York Jets secondary if Darrelle Revis does not end his holdout.

Antonio Cromartie jumped up to the No. 1 spot. He gave up just one completion, a 13-yarder to Hakeem Nicks, but he also dropped two interceptions. First-round pick Kyle Wilson was promoted to Cromartie’s spot and was not tested.

They were not the problem.

When Revis comes back – I still think he plays in the Sept. 13 opener – Wilson can return to being the nickel corner. But Monday night, the backup corners were beaten for touchdowns by Giants rookie Victor Cruz.

Dwight Lowery, at the moment the nickel corner when three wideouts are on the field, was outmaneuvered by Cruz for a 64-yard score and then Cruz torched Drew Coleman on a 34-yard TD. By this time, Eli Manning was long gone from the game after needing 12 stiches to repair a three-inch cut on his forehead. Lowery and Coleman were beaten on throws by Giants backup Jim Sorgi.

I will continue to say this until the Jets prove me wrong. They will not win the Super Bowl without Revis.


Eli Manning: 'I Feel Fine'

Hey, at least New York Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning has a sense of humor.

“Sometimes you make a mistake and you get hit in the head,” Manning said Monday night, blaming himself after needing 12 stitches to close a huge gash on his forehead.

No concussion, which is good news for Giants fans. Eli said he will be back to practice as soon as possible, which probably means as soon as his helmet will go on his head comfortably over his stitched-up forehead.


Gang Green Nation, Big Blue View Weigh In

SB Nation’s team blogs, Gang Green Nation for the Jets and Big Blue View for the Giants, of course have plenty to say about Monday’s night’s 31-16 preseason victory by the Giants.

Gang Green Nation’s first impression was that the game was meaningless. GGN’s second impression was that there were positives for the Jets.

Big Blue View offered its signature ‘Kudos & Wet Willies’ game review and came away singing the praises of Victor Cruz.


Manning Bloodied, But Giants Are Victorious

The New York Jets left New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning bloodied. The Giants left the Jets seeing red Monday night, though, winning the preseason opener between the teams, 31-16.

Victor Cruz starred for the Giants with six catches for 145 yards and three touchdowns. The rookie free agent wide receiver made a spectacular one-hand catch of a Jim Sorgi pass and went 64 yards for one of his score.


Five Things For Giants Fans To Watch Tonight

Forget the trash-talking. Forget the Giants vs. Jets stuff. Forget the hype. Forget the fact that New Meadowlands Stadium will be decked out in green tonight. None of that is important. What IS important is that tonight we begin to find out if all the work General Manager Jerry Reese and Coach Tom Coughlin have done to re-construct the Giants following last season's disappointment has paid dividends.



Five Things For Jets Fans To Watch Tonight

Here are the key things Gang Green Nation will be watching for tonight when the New York Jets meet the New York Giants in each team's preaseason opener.



Giants, Jets Thoughts From SI's Peter King

In his weekly Monday Morning Quarterback column, Peter King had some interesting thoughts on both New York football teams.

About the Jets.

What I like about the Jets is they don’t care if you hate them.

You’re going to be hated when you say over and over that you think you’re going to win the Super Bowl, when you allow NFL Films and HBO Sports into your camp for the most entertaining reality show/infomercial on TV and you’re brash and full of yourselves doing it, when your coach swears like a sailor after 11 shots of Jack Daniels ("News flash — football coaches curse!’’ linebacker Bart Scott says), and when you annex every aging, famous player trying for one last shot at a Super Bowl.

And I mean it: They truly don’t care.

About the Giants.

It’s August, and the Giants again have the best defensive front in football.

You see how far that got them last year. Too many injuries last season, from the start. Chris Canty, the rich free agent, and Rocky Bernard and Fred Robbins. Once the season began, Justin Tuck got dinged, and Osi Umenyiora got trashed inside and outside the building. It was pretty much a disaster.

This year, new defensive coordinator Perry Fewell has lots of toys to play with, and the Giants could play some of the most interesting line combinations the league has ever seen. Fewell has experimented with rushing four defensive ends — from among Tuck, Umenyiora (up to 257 from 250), Mathias Kiwanuka, first-round pick Jason Pierre-Paul and Dave Tollefson, who is having a great camp — with no tackles on some passing downs. Tuck is playing all four line spots in practice. Canty’s playing all over the line too. "So far it looks good,’’ Umenyiora said.

Thus far, of course, it is all talk. What will be interesting is to see which team has more to talk about when the season is over.


New Stadium To Host First Football Game

(Sports Network) – The annual preseason battle for Big Apple bragging rights will have a special magic on Monday night, when the New York Giants “visit” the New York Jets in the first football game at sparkling new Meadowlands Stadium.

The 82,556 seat stadium, which was built at a cost of $1.6 billion, will house both the Giants and Jets. The facility has hosted concerts as well as lacrosse and soccer matches since being unveiled in April, but Monday night’s contest will be the first football event in the venue.

As they adjust to their new surroundings, both teams will be trying to get some important work done as they kick off the preseason.

The Giants are seeking to rebound from last year’s disappointing 8-8 season, and Big Blue fans will get their first look at a revamped defense on Monday night.

The shift starts up front, where first-round end Jason Pierre-Paul (South Florida) and the occasionally disgruntled Osi Umenyiora will be among those looking to make strides in new coordinator Perry Fewell’s defense. If this group gets in step early, things will be easier for a linebacking corps that should include the likes of fourth-round rookie Phillip Dillard (Nebraska) and veteran acquisition Keith Bulluck (ex-Titans) at various times on Monday.

On the back end, the Giants are looking for big things out of $37 million safety Antrel Rolle (ex-Cardinals) and will be eager to gauge how well former first-rounder Kenny Phillips can rebound from a career-threatening knee problem. Phillips’ status for Monday is in question as he continues to recover from the injury.

Offensively, quarterback Eli Manning’s reps will likely be limited against the Giants, which will give the team and their fans plenty of opportunity to assess the work of backups Jim Sorgi and Rhett Bomar.

Meanwhile, expectations are sky-high for the 2010 Jets, but unforeseen struggles during the preseason could alter that thinking.

Offensively, new backup QB Mark Brunell can be expected to see more time on Monday than starter Mark Sanchez, but the Shonn Greene/LaDainian Tomlinson/Joe McKnight running back triumvirate could garner more of the headlines.

On defense, Jets supporters will keep an eye on disappointing former first- round pick Vernon Gholston, who is transitioning from outside linebacker to defensive end. In the secondary, where All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis is a conspicuous holdout, first-round rookie Kyle Wilson (Boise State) and fellow newcomer Antonio Cromartie (ex-Chargers) will get a chance to display their skills on Monday.

The two occupants of the new Meadowlands facility traditionally meet each summer, with the Jets leading the all-time preseason series with the Giants by a margin of 22-18-1. The AFC team was a 27-25 victor in last year’s exhibition and has won three in a row over its NFC counterpart in the preseason.


Giants Vs. Jets: It's Only A Preseason Game, But ...

Sure, Monday night's game between the New York Giants and New York Jets is just the preseason opener for both teams.

In the grand scheme of the 2010 season it means very little. Yet, the Giants have noticed how much the Jets have been talking and how much attention they have been getting. They would like to do a little something about it Monday.

"There’s a lot going on right now with the Jets claiming New York and that it’s their town," said Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas. "We’re not feeding into that. But at the same time we want to send a message to them that it’s still our town. And it’s going to be our stadium.

"You hear it in the back of your mind, but you don’t pay no attention to it," Thomas said. "Until they win the Super Bowl, until they start dominating teams - - and just don’t do it one year - - we’ll consider it. But until then, everybody knows it’s a Giants town."

Giants defensive end Justin Tuck wants his team to ignore the hype surrounding the Jets -- and the bluster coming from them.

"Hopefully we can find a rhythm in the game and not let the atmosphere take over how we play," Tuck said. "It would be real easy to get into individual battles and say ‘We want the Giants fans there to realize that we still own New York city or that stadium.’ It would be real easy to get into that mode.

"But it ain’t about the supremacy of the Jets and the Giants. That doesn’t matter. We could come out of this game and beat them 40-0, but if they go out and win the Super Bowl and we don’t make the playoffs, then who cares?"

Jets coach Rex Ryan hinted that his starters might play a little longer than is normal for the first preseason game.

"I'd much rather win that preseason game (than lose), but we’re not going to play the starters into the fourth quarter to get it done," Ryan said. "We may extend them a little bit."

Ryan, for the record, said he has "always" respected the Giants and the way they play -- and even had picked them to represent the NFC in last year's Super Bowl.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin said the other day that he would not do anything out of the ordinary simply because the Giants are facing the Jets.

"If we did something along those lines I just don’t think it would be smart," Coughlin said Wednesday during Giants Training Camp at the University at Albany. "We’ve still got 16 games to go, four pre-season games.

"You want to win, but you’re not going to sacrifice the ability to evaluate personnel for that, because that’s what preseason is."

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