Eli Manning is out for Steelers game

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning has been ruled out for Saturday's preseason game against the Steelers. Other than tossing a few passes while wearing a cap, Manning did not practice Wednesday afternoon. And with backup Jim Sorgi out with a shoulder injury, Rhett Bomar was the only quarterback standing.

"Eli will not play this week but I won't go any further than that," Coughlin said after practice. "There is a question as to whether what he can do with a hat on [in practice]. I am not going to rush things. If the doctors say it is OK for him to throw, then he will do some throwing. But he is definitely not going to put the helmet on."

A couple of Manning's buddies on the offensive line showed up to Wednesday's practice with large bandages on their foreheads. Coughlin said there was a possibility the Giants would sign another quarterback in the next couple days in case Sorgi's not ready to go against the Steelers.

For Manning, this will be a moment that stays with him for a long time. There's nothing like opening a brand new stadium by leaking blood all over the playing surface after a botched play.

"I always thought my first game ever versus Philadelphia would be the biggest hit I would ever take," said Manning on Wednesday. "Jerome McDougle gave me a good pop but this is right up there. Kind of a double whammy, and you get a little blood and stuff, it is always a good hit. Let's hope this will be the worst one."

And in case you're wondering, Giants camp phenom Victor Cruz is supposed to call the Beast later this evening. We'll keep you posted. If he calls, I'll probably write something up for Thursday morning. Thanks for your continued support.