Eli Manning will not play Saturday

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Newark, NJ - New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning will not play in Saturday's preseason game against Pittsburgh after leaving Monday's contest against the Jets with a cut on his forehead that required 12 stitches to close.

The Newark Star-Ledger reported late Wednesday that Giants head coach Tom Coughlin ruled the starter out following practice because the stitches he received from a pair of blows on Monday night will impair his ability to wear his helmet.

Manning was at practice in Albany after undergoing tests Tuesday to determine the possibility of a concussion.

"I physically feel fine," Manning was quoted as saying on the Giants' website earlier in the day. "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."

Manning was hurt in the second quarter of Monday's game when he collided with running back Brandon Jacobs and took a hard hit from Jets linebacker Calvin Pace. The hit from behind by Pace dislodged Manning's helmet and the quarterback's forehead hit the facemask of Jets safety Jim Leonhard, causing a three-inch gash.

In limited action on Monday, the seventh-year pro completed 4-of-8 passes for 77 yards in the 31-16 Giants victory.


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