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Governor fine with Giants game still being played

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he is okay with the NFL's decision to play the Steelers-Giants game on Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J., less than a week after Hurricane Sandy devastated his state and New York.

"The fact is that's a completely privately owned piece of property now," he told New York's WFAN-AM on Friday. "There are flushless toilets in the new MetLife Stadium. This is just not a situation where I think there are going to be a lot of state resources diverted.

"Ultimately, my philosophy is I don't want the government involved in making those decisions unless it is an absolute emergency."

MetLife Stadium is expected to have full power by game day. But the Steelers must fly in and out on Sunday because their hotel remains without power.

"If the NFL feels comfortable playing under those circumstances, that's the NFL's call as long as they are not impeding me from being able to help the state back to recovery," Christie said. "And I don't think those three hours are going to hurt the state's progress toward recovery."

Giants end: Steelers get away with 'murder'

Giants defensive end Justin Tuck wants officials prepared to call penalties against the Steelers' offensive line as it protects Ben Roethlisberger on Sunday.

"I hope we get some holding calls because they have gotten away with murder," Tuck said. "They've done a very good job protecting Ben. They don't hold on every play. But we've seen a whole lot of it."

Roethlisberger has been sacked 13 times, on pace for 30 this season. He was sacked 40 times in 15 games last season, 32 in 12 games in 2010 and 50 in 15 games in 2009. The Steelers, who have been called for holding only five times this season, cite quicker passes under first-year coordinator Todd Haley.

"We have to hold up in protection enough to have (Roethlisberger) make the reads, make the throws,'' tackle and former Gator Max Starks said. "If it's two, five, seven (seconds), it doesn't really matter for us."

More Giants-Steelers: Linebacker Chase Blackburn, the Giants' top tackler, will sit with a hamstring injury. Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer is doubtful with a strained right quad. Rashard Mendenhall is doubtful with a sore Achilles. That leaves Isaac Redman, who has missed two games with sore ankles, as the healthiest option.

Sproles out: Saints running back and return specialist Darren Sproles had surgery for a broken hand and won't play Monday. The team did not say which hand or when Sproles was injured.

Broncos: Starting corner Tracy Porter will miss his third consecutive game as doctors continue to regulate his medication to control seizures.

Browns: Defensive tackle Phil Taylor, who started 16 games as a rookie last season, was activated from the physically-unable-to-perform list and will play Sunday. He tore a chest muscle while lifting weights in May.

Dolphins: Coach Joe Philbin said there is no timetable for a decision on if quarterback Ryan Tannehill will play. He hurt his left thigh and knee Sunday and was limited at practice for the third consecutive day.

Lions: Running back Jahvid Best won't return this season. He hasn't played since Oct. 16, 2011, because of multiple concussions.

Raiders: The team avoided a TV blackout for Sunday's game against the Bucs a day after the league gave it an extension to sell 85 percent of nonpremium seats.

Governor fine with Giants game still being played 11/02/12 [Last modified: Friday, November 2, 2012 10:13pm]
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