NFL Notebook: Manning's status uncertain against Steelers
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A bloodied Eli Manning was in some discomfort a day after receiving 12 stitches for a head wound.
Manning's status for the New York Giants' game against the Steelers this weekend is uncertain.
While the Giants said Tuesday that Manning showed no signs of a concussion after suffering a three-inch gash to his head in a 31-16 win against the Jets Monday night, the 29-year-old quarterback was undergoing a battery of tests to make sure he did not suffer a more serious head injury when his helmet was knocked off and he was hit in the head.
Coach Tom Coughlin was told Tuesday morning that Manning was experiencing the normal amount of discomfort a player goes through when he has stitches.
"He did not talk too much about pain, but I don't have a lot of information because any time you have an injury that is a head injury they are going to do all kinds of tests," Coughlin said. "They are in the process of doing that right now."
Coughlin refused to speculate whether Manning will play Saturday night in the Giants' preseason home opener at the New Meadowlands Stadium.
Cincinnati linebacker Rey Maualuga has been fined two game checks by the NFL and will forfeit an additional portion of his signing bonus for 2010 for a drunk driving violation.
Maualuga was fined by the NFL under the league's substance abuse policy. He will forfeit two weeks worth of his 2010 bonus, as well.
Cleveland punter Dave Zastudil is out for the season because of a right knee injury. Coach Eric Mangini said Zastudil's surgically repaired knee was not responding, so the team decided to place him on injured reserve, ending his season before it started. Zastudil missed eight games last season with a torn patellar tendon in his plant leg.
Albert Haynesworth was sidelined after just a few snaps at practice Tuesday morning, apparently because he wasn't feeling well. The Washington defensive tackle began the workout as usual, taking part in defensive drills, but he was out of his pads and standing on the sideline with a towel on his neck shortly after the 11-on-11 plays began.
Seattle has released former Chicago Bears running back Adrian Peterson days after signing him. Peterson signed with Seattle Thursday. His release clears roster room for newly acquired defensive lineman Kentwan Balmer.
Tennessee has waived injured rookie running back Stafon Johnson, the former Southern California standout whose college career was ended by a weightlifting accident that crushed his neck.
Scientists funded in part by the NFL say they have found evidence connecting head injuries in athletes to a condition that mimics Lou Gehrig's disease. Dr. Ann McKee said she found toxic proteins in the spinal cords of three athletes who had suffered head injuries and were later diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease, or ALS. Those same proteins have been found in the brains of athletes with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a disease linked to head injuries that causes cognitive decline, abnormal behavior and dementia.
First Published August 18, 2010 12:00 am