Eli leaves win, gets 12 stitches in head

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Mark Sanchez was sharp, while Eli Manning needed stitches.

Manning left the Giants' 31-16 victory over the Jets after suffering a bloody, 3-inch gash on the left side of his head early in the second quarter Monday night.

The Giants quarterback needed 12 stitches to close the cut and showed no sign of concussion.

Sanchez led the Jets on three scoring drives, overcoming an interception on his first pass, while playing the entire first half in the first football game played at the New Meadowlands Stadium.

Manning was hurt when running back Brandon Jacobs rumbled up the middle and smacked into him with his shoulder on a fake handoff.

After losing the ball, Manning tried to grab it but was smacked in the back by Calvin Pace. Manning's helmet was knocked off, pushing his head into either Jets safety Jim Leonhard or Jacobs.

"I feel fine. I feel normal," Manning said. "The play was my fault. We had a run play with an option to throw a fade that I thought I might try, but Brandon was coming right up the middle. Sometimes you make a mistake and you get hit in the head. It's preseason; you learn from it."

Manning said he will be back soon, that he didn't really sustain an injury.

"I really feel like I could go back out and play right now if I had to," he said.

Jets honors: Joe Namath, Don Maynard, Weeb Ewbank, Curtis Martin, Winston Hill and Joe Klecko were inducted into the Jets Ring of Honor.

Former bull to browns: Free agent receiver Taurus Johnson, a former USF standout, signed with the Browns. Signed by the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent last season, Johnson spent 2009 on practice squads in Detroit and Miami. The Dolphins waived him last week.

Schobel to retire: Former Bills linebacker Aaron Schobel is retiring at 32, saying he lost his desire to play last year.

Bears: Backup quarterback Caleb Hanie sprained his right shoulder in Saturday's loss at the Chargers and will miss most of the preseason.

Cardinals: Receiver Larry Fitzgerald sustained a sprained right knee during Saturday's victory over the Texans but is expected to be ready for the regular-season opener.

Cowboys: Right tackle Marc Colombo had arthroscopic surgery to remove five loose particles from his right knee and is expected to miss 10-14 days.

49ers: Running back Brian Westbrook signed a one-year deal. He was released by the Eagles in February after an injury-filled 2009 season. … San Francisco traded defensive lineman Kentwan Balmer to the Seahawks for an undisclosed 2011 draft pick.

Lions: Linebacker Jordon Dizon, a versatile backup, is out for the season because of a knee injury.

Texans: Rookie running back Ben Tate is out for the season because of a fractured ankle. A full recovery is expected.

Titans: Fullback Ahmard Hall says referee Ed Hochuli apologized to the team for a holding call Jan. 3 at Seattle that wiped out a 62-yard gain by Chris Johnson.

Vikings: After a 15-day absence, receiver Percy Harvin went through an hourlong practice. Harvin left the team Aug. 1 after the death of his grandmother and remained away with migraines.

Eli leaves win, gets 12 stitches in head 08/17/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 12:49am]

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