With starting quarterback Eli Manning and backup Jim Sorgi both unavailable for Saturday’s preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers the the New York Giants have added Dominic Randolph to their roster.
Randolph, an undrafted free agent from Holy Cross was signed and released by the Giants this spring.
Coach Tom Coughlin said Manning will not play Saturday for the simple reason that he can’t put on a helmet without a risk of ripping open the 12 stitches he has in his forehead after Monday night’s preseason opener against the New York Jets. He may practice some.
“There is a question about what he can do with a hat on rather than a helmet. I’m not going to rush that and if the doctor says it’s OK for him to throw then maybe he’ll do some throwing but he’s definitely not going to put the helmet on,” Coughlin said.
Manning passed his concussion test Wednesday morning, and feels good. Other than not being able to put a helmet on, of course.
“I physically feel fine,” Manning said. "I threw some balls today, running around, I know what’s going on and I’m all there so it’s just a matter of getting the helmet on.
“I always thought my first game ever at Philadelphia, would be the biggest hit I’d ever take, Jerome McDougle kind of gave me a good pop but this is right up there, kind of a double whammy, you get a little blood and stuff, its always a good hit, so hopefully this will be the worst one.”
Second-year quarterback Rhett Bomar took all the snaps in practice Wednesday as Sorgi did not even attempt to throw.
According to Vacchiano the Giants are sending Sorgi to the Hospital for Special Surgery for an MRI on his shoulder. Sorgi has a partially torn labrum in his throwing shoulder to begin with, and Vacchiano said there is “some concern” about his status.
“I don’t know. I really don’t know. The doctors are going to have to come and tell us what that status is. He’s sore and he could not practice today,” said Coughlin.