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Roethlisberger to play Saturday; Eli uncertain

Ben Roethlisberger will make his 2010 preseason debut on Saturday night at New Meadowlands Stadium, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin confirmed Tuesday.

The only question is whether Eli Manning will join his fellow ’04 first-round draft pick on the field.

Everything seemed fine for Eli in the wake of the nasty hit he took on Monday night, but the Giants quarterback spent Tuesday undergoing a battery of tests.  (The tests are routine for anyone with a head injury.)

“I texted Eli earlier this morning and I think that the normal discomfort that a guy goes through when he has stitches and what have you was the experience,” Tom Coughlin said, via the Giants’ official website.

It’s possible Manning will not be able to wear a helmet over the stitches right away, which could prevent him from playing.   In other Giants injury news, linebacker Chase Blackburn suffered an MCL injury that won’t require surgery.

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17 Responses to “Roethlisberger to play Saturday; Eli uncertain”
  1. Deb says: Aug 17, 2010 7:09 PM

    I’m glad Eli is okay because that hit looked NASTY. Watched it a couple of times, and man, did something get miscommunicated. Yikes! They’re lucky it wasn’t a lot worse. It’s preseason–let the guy sit out.

  2. Crabcake says: Aug 17, 2010 7:11 PM

    Wonder if we will hear SHE SAID NO chants! Maybe I wonder how many.

  3. scoop.and.slam says: Aug 17, 2010 7:21 PM

    Am I the only one who is surprised that Tom Coughlin knows how to text?

  4. Blackn'Gold says: Aug 17, 2010 7:42 PM

    Crabcake says:
    August 17, 2010 7:11 PM
    Wonder if we will hear SHE SAID NO chants! Maybe I wonder how many.
    Could be? The best way to shut up the opponents fans is to score touchdowns. Perhaps, Ben will use the crowd criticism to focus on beating the other team?
    It’s going to be a difficult for Ben to become sharp without practice. He may not be at the top of his game until mid season.
    GO STEELERS!

  5. Macadamia says: Aug 17, 2010 8:30 PM

    Now if only someone can hit Big Jen the same way…that would be niiiiiiiiiiiice.

  6. robert ethen says: Aug 17, 2010 8:43 PM

    Eli is much better. The first time they asked him “how many fingers am I holding up” he said “31”. He is down to 14, and the team expects him to be back to normal in another couple of days.

  7. Steeler fans are tools says: Aug 17, 2010 9:13 PM

    Are the GA police dudes going to stand outside the bathroom? SEXUAL DEVIANT. And that Eli hit was nasty. Everyone was crying “dirty hit”, but i didn’t see it. He was bleeding like Ric Flair!

  8. NFLMMAfan says: Aug 17, 2010 9:17 PM

    Lots of bathrooms in the new stadium……

  9. phuckphilly says: Aug 17, 2010 9:43 PM

    @Steeler fans are tools
    ~ You must be an Eagles, Browns, or Ravens fan. You and the other Steeler Nation haters are just jealous because the black and gold rolls through every city they go to. Stop wasting our time posting stupid comments like these. Go back to your fat average life and root for your below average team.
    Ben’s a future hall of famer. Casual fans like the majority of you should understand that and with what happened to Ben over the off-season is going to motivate him, bigtime.

  10. Bigbluefan says: Aug 17, 2010 9:45 PM

    Eli took the hit and the team kept playing and beat rex and his girls
    So far the paper champs do not look so good
    As for Pitt who cares its Sat night the offical opening of the new GIANT Staduim
    Just hope they can get the smell of gag green out of the place
    I understand they have cleaning crews working ot to clean up the cookie crumbs from the sideline where rex was

  11. JVult says: Aug 17, 2010 9:47 PM

    The hit was not dirty at all. It was a miscommunication between Eli and Jacobs.

  12. Deb says: Aug 17, 2010 10:24 PM

    @JVult …
    When I said “NASTY” hit, I meant “rough.” Of course it was a miscommunication–the first hit was by his teammate.
    But I’m not surprised the people watching with “Steeler fans are tools” were saying it was a dirty hit. Their collective IQ is probably about 8.

  13. CT.GIANTMAN says: Aug 17, 2010 10:57 PM

    AS A GIANTS FAN, I HOPE LIKE HELL HE DOESN’T PLAY, WHETHER HE CAN, WANTS TO, OR ANY OTHER REASON! YES, HE GOT STICHES, BUT YOU LOOK AT THE REPLAY, HE TOOK A FULL-BLOWN FULL RUNNING HIT, RIGHT IN HIS BACK!
    HE COULD HAVE SOME ISSUES, COUGHLIN
    WOULD EVER SAY, BUT NO REASON TO PUSH THE ENVELOPE, WE ALREADY HAVE
    20 GUYS NURSING OTHER INJURIES, ELI GOES DOWN, WE GO DOWN! SORGI PLAYED HOW MANY GAMES, BACKING UP PEYTON?

  14. Ravens Macg says: Aug 17, 2010 11:19 PM

    @phuckphilly:
    Ben needs to be a leader of men, not a raper of women before he would even be considered a future hall of famer. His motivation is drunk sex. He’ll probably get it with up the hines ward. I picture you to be mid 4os, living in mommys basement and the usual unemployed squeeler fan who can’t come up with the $ to see the squeelers at the stadium “like the rich folks”

  15. Jack Burton says: Aug 18, 2010 12:00 AM

    The Steelers should worry more about the O-line play and if Ben will by drilled like Eli did. Leftwich is a goner.

  16. HandsofSweed says: Aug 18, 2010 7:39 AM

    Ravens McG:
    Unemployed Steeler fan that doesn’t have money to go to a Steeler game? Since when? Since the last time there was an unsold seat in Pittsburgh waaay back in 1971? Since your mouth grew out of the side of your ass?

  17. Scalaid6 says: Aug 18, 2010 8:27 AM

    lol

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