First Tom Coughlin didn’t have enough tight ends. Now he has a quarterback problem.
The head coach practiced with just one healthy quarterback –- Rhett Bomar. He said it was the first time he ever had to go with just one QB.
Coughlin said he was going to meet with Dr. Russell Warren to discuss Eli Manning’s status and whether the quarterback can practice with a helmet on top of his stitches. Warren will also update Coughlin on Jim Sorgi’s sore shoulder and ribs.
Sorgi took a huge hit from Jets linebacker Lance Laury on his second touchdown pass to WR Victor Cruz. His status for Saturday’s game is unclear. Sorgi will undergo an MRI at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan.
“He’s sore and he could not have thrown today,” Coughlin said of Sorgi.
The Giants will explore what quarterbacks are available on the free agent market and are bringing in former Holy Cross quarterback Dominic Randolph in for a workout. Randolph was in the Giants rookie camp but was released in favor of former Wake Forest quarterback Riley Skinner, who was released by the Giants and has since retired according to the Newark Star Ledger. Still, Bomar likely will see a ton of action on Saturday against the Steelers.
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The Giants had their linebackers play with different groups and combinations largely because Chase Blackburn is out with an MCL injury.
Rookie middle linebacker Phillip Dillard saw some snaps at outside linebacker with the first team. Gerris Wilkinson also got a snap with the first team defense as well.
“We are down a linebacker so we are going to have to do this with one less guy with Chase being out,” Coughlin said. “So they are going to have to learn more than one spot.”
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Coughlin said G Chris Snee feels better on Wednesday more than he has in some time but the team is not going to rush him back.
“He’s on his way,” Coughlin said.
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Coughlin kept a close eye on P Matt Dodge. The rookie was inconsistent, booming huge beautiful punts and then following it up with an ugly one.
“It’s going to have to be 10-for-10 and not 2-for-5,” Coughlin said.
Dodge spent a good portion of the morning practice working on his drop with Jeff Feagles.