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Roethlisberger gets thumbs-up

Steeler's latest injury not serious

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's injury to the thumb on his throwing hand apparently is not serious, but he is questionable for tomorrow night's exhibition game against the Vikings.

Roethlisberger missed the last few minutes of practice Wednesday after hitting the thumb on a shoulder pad of a lineman. He was examined and returned for the conditioning and stretching drills. He was held out of practice yesterday.

``It's one of those things where we've got to let it heal," Roethlisberger said. ``It's a strain of the ligament. It was a good day to take off and let it heal."

Coach Bill Cowher will decide today if Roethlisberger will play tomorrow, though it seems unlikely he would risk putting his star into a meaningless game if there was even a slight chance there might be a problem.

Last season, Roethlisberger injured the thumb Nov. 28 against the Colts and was listed as probable on the remaining injury updates the rest of the season. He did not miss any games because of the injury, although Roethlisberger said it was painful. Cowher said there is no indication this latest injury is related to last year's.

Manning leads Giants
Eli Manning threw for a touchdown and set up another and the New York Giants starters and backups dominated in a 17-0 exhibition victory over the Kansas City Chiefs last night at East Rutherford, N.J. Manning shredded the Chiefs for touchdowns on two of the first three drives, capping the first drive with a 5-yard toss to Amani Toomer and handing off the Brandon Jacobs for a 1-yard plunge on the third series. Manning finished 11 of 14 for 80 yards playing for the first time this exhibition season with all 11 starters from the offense that scored 422 points last season . . . Correll Buckhalter, who has missed three of the last four seasons with knee injuries, took a shovel pass and ran 48 yards past several would-be tacklers, emphatically announcing his return to the Philadelphia Eagles' backfield in host Baltimore's 20-10 victory.

Stevens injures knee
Seattle tight end Jerramy Stevens is expected to miss the next six weeks after injuring his surgically repaired left knee during practice. An MRI showed Stevens had torn the meniscus in the same knee that was fixed April 25. He is scheduled to have surgery today in Seattle . . . Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway was placed on injured reserve, ending the rookie's season. Greenway, the team's first-round draft pick, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee while covering a kickoff in Monday night's exhibition game against Oakland . . . Lions wide receiver Charles Rogers will miss tonight's exhibition game against the Browns because of a knee injury . . . Jets quarterback Chad Pennington was excused from practice by coach Eric Mangini because of a family illness and his status for tomorrow's exhibition game against Washington is uncertain . . . The Cowboys acquired receiver Charlie Adams from the Broncos for an undisclosed draft choice. The 6-foot-2-inch, 190-pound Adams played all 16 games for the Broncos last season, his third in the NFL. He caught 21 passes for 203 yards and returned punts and kickoffs.

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