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Manning heads to city to have stitches examined

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning left the team early from Albany and traveled to Manhattan to get his stitches examined.

Manning is hoping that he can resume practicing soon by wearing a helmet over the wound on his forehead. Manning needed 12 stitches on Monday night to close a three-inch gash.

While he has thrown a few passes during practice while wearing baseball cap, Manning has been ruled out for Saturday’s preseason game against the Steelers.

Tom Coughlin, who closed training camp in Albany with a light walk-through, also acknowledged that the Giants will be without backup quarterback Jim Sorgi for possibly the next three weeks. Sorgi has a torn capsule in his right throwing shoulder.

As for Coughlin’s other injured players, wide receiver Ramses Barden will not play on Saturday due to a lower back injury. Safety Michael Johnson (back) and guards Chris Snee (knee) and Rich Seubert (hand) will sit out as well.

Wide receiver Sinorice Moss (groin) will play. Safety Kenny Phillips and middle linebacker Keith Bulluck will play in their first action of 2010. Tight end Travis Beckum also will play.