Giants QB Sorgi out 2-3 weeks with shoulder injury

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Eli Manning isn’t the only Giants quarterback who will miss New York’s preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Scratch backup Jim Sorgi, too.

Sorgi had an MRI on Thursday and was diagnosed with a torn capsule in his right shoulder that will sideline him two to three weeks, said Matt Brei, his agent. The good news is that the injury does not involve Sorgi’s labrum, which was an issue last season.

With Manning (12 stitches) and Sorgi sidelined, first-year pro Rhett Bomar is going to start and possibly play the entire game Saturday night in the Giants’ first home contest at the New Meadowlands Stadium.

The Giants signed free agent quarterback Dominic Randolph on Thursday and waived tight end Jake Ballard, who was sidelined most of training camp with hamstring injury.

Sorgi, who backed up Peyton Manning for six seasons in Indianapolis before signing with the Giants, was at practice in Albany on Thursday but was not immediately available for comment.

“Jim called me after the test and told me about the injury,” Brei said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. “It’s two to three weeks and just some rehab and not related to the previous injury. Compared to what it could have been, it’s good news.”

Sorgi was hurt throwing a 34-yard touchdown pass to Victor Cruz in the fourth quarter of Monday night’s 31-16 win over the Jets. On the play, he was slammed by linebacker Lance Laury. He did not practice Wednesday because of soreness in his shoulder and ribs.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin would not discuss the specifics of Sorgi’s injury, only saying that he had damage to his throwing shoulder. He also would not discuss a time frame for recovery until speaking with Dr. Russell Warren, the team’s orthopedic surgeon.

When asked if the Giants would have to look for another veteran backup, Coughlin simply said: ‘We’ll see.”

“He needs rest. He needs rehab and how long will that be I can’t answer that,” Coughlin said.

The Giants open the season in a little more than three weeks against Carolina.

Manning, who was ruled out of Saturday’s game because of concern that wearing his helmet would break or irritate the stitches he received Monday night, should be back much earlier. He suffered a 3-inch gash on his left forehead after his helmet was knocked off and his head hit the helmet of Jets safety Jim Leonhard.

That leaves Bomar for this week, although offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride hopes to give Randolph, who was in the Giants minicamp, some playing time.

“This is a great opportunity for me to get much needed reps,” Bomar said Thursday. “I just have to go out there and take advantage of it.”

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