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Eli gets stitches out; Jacobs has a stiff neck

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning walks onto

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning walks onto the field before the Giants played the Pittsburgh Steelers in a preseason NFL football game. (Aug. 21, 2010) Photo Credit: AP

Some encouraging news from Giants quarterback Eli Manning, who suffered a three-inch gash in his forehead that required 12 stitches last Monday against the Jets, had the stitches removed yesterday.

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said Manning is expected to practice this week, which means he'll play in next Saturday's game against the Ravens in Baltimore.

Running back Brandon Jacobs suffered a strained neck while lifting weights late in the week. He underwent an MRI yesterday, but still experienced stiffness in his neck before tonight's game against the Steelers. He was held out for precautionary reasons.

Giants general manager Jerry Reese said the MRI did not reveal any structural problems, so it's expected that Jacobs will return to action sometime next week.

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