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Giants mull QB options

Eli Manning took some snaps with the New York Giants' first unit yesterday for the first time all week, but the team is still taking a wait-and-see approach with the fourth-year quarterback's injured throwing shoulder.

Manning split practice time with backup Jared Lorenzen, who will make his first NFL start tomorrow if Manning is unable to play. Lorenzen played the final series of last Sunday's 45-35 loss at Dallas.

Manning was hurt in the fourth quarter when Cowboys linebacker Anthony Spencer tackled him on a failed 2-point conversion attempt.

After being restricted to throwing on the sideline earlier in the week, Manning threw to receivers yesterday. He was listed as questionable for the game against Green Bay.

Defensive end Osi Umenyiora also practiced for the first time since aggravating cartilage in his left knee against Dallas and is probable for tomorrow's game.

Pennington possible

The thick, black wrap that covered Chad Pennington's right ankle earlier in the week was gone yesterday. The New York Jets quarterback's limp was still there, but less pronounced than it had been.

Pennington's injured right ankle appeared to be a lot better as he dropped back and threw light passes while the Jets prepared for their game tomorrow against the Baltimore Ravens. He had a less noticeable white wrap around the ankle and was listed as questionable on the injury report.

Despite published reports that the Jets had already decided on starting backup Kellen Clemens, coach Eric Mangini insisted that hadn't been determined.

"I'll make a decision once all the information's in," Mangini said before practice.

Williams wants in

Suspended running back Ricky Williams is eligible to seek reinstatement by the NFL after Oct. 1 and will do so, his attorney said. His suspension began in April 2006 after he violated the league's drug policy for the fourth time, and a positive test for marijuana this April delayed his return. Williams's attorney, David Cornwell, said they spoke by phone Thursday. "He sounds wonderful," Cornwell said. "He sounds like he's in a great place, and I'm confident that will come through to the commissioner." It's uncertain how quickly the 30-year-old Williams might be cleared to return - or where he would play. He remains under contract with Miami, where he won the NFL rushing title in 2002, but first-year Dolphins coach Cam Cameron has given no indication he wants Williams . . . St. Louis Rams cornerback Tye Hill is out indefinitely after hurting his lower back in practice Thursday.

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