EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning will have further tests on the right elbow he injured Saturday night in a 27-21 victory over Carolina.

Manning woke up Sunday with soreness in the elbow. The second-year quarterback had an MRI and is scheduled to be examined by team orthopedist Dr. Russell Warren on Monday.

“Our situation is we want to wait until the complete exam is concluded,” coach Tom Coughlin said. “We’re very concerned. Any time a quarterback has soreness in his elbow there is concern. It’s not like he woke up and was out there throwing and you were getting reports that there was nothing to it.”

Manning was injured in the second quarter when Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers came from Manning’s right side and slapped the ball out of his hand as he was about to throw it. Peppers recovered the fumble and ran 29 yards for a touchdown.

Manning stayed in the game and threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to Amani Toomer on the Giants’ next series, but said his elbow was bothering him on the sideline before he re-entered the game.

“It felt a little funny, but I knew I could still go in there and throw the ball,” he said. “I didn’t throw it great on the touchdown. I didn’t get quite enough on it, but I got enough to get it there.”

The Giants were already looking to make a deal for a veteran backup before Manning’s injury. On Saturday, former Cleveland Browns quarterback Tim Couch visited Giants Stadium for an interview and workout, a Giants official confirmed.

Couch, the first pick in the 1999 draft by the Browns, was released in 2004 and failed to make the Green Bay Packers’ roster last season. He underwent shoulder surgery in February.

“We’ve taken the position to scour the best talent level available at all positions, and we’ll continue to do that,” Coughlin said Sunday. “Our position has never changed.”

Journeyman Tim Hasselbeck, acquired in the offseason from Washington, and Jesse Palmer are currently competing for the backup position behind Manning. Hasselbeck has the edge and is 15-for-30 for 183 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in two preseason games.

Palmer was 2-for-3 for 20 yards and an interception in the Giants’ 17-14 loss to Cleveland on Aug. 13 and did not play against Carolina.

In other injury news, Giants cornerback Will Peterson, who injured his knee in the first quarter against Carolina and left the game, was diagnosed with an MCL sprain, Coughlin said.


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