Giants QB Jim Sorgi frustrated by shoulder injury

Backup quarterback Jim Sorgi probably will miss the New York

Giants’ preseason finale against the New England Patriots, and that

might put his job in jeopardy.

The seventh-year quarterback’s injured right shoulder has

improved only slightly over the past two weeks and he has no idea

when he will return to practice.

”I don’t want to speculate on how long it’s going to be,”

Sorgi said Monday. ”I’m trying to take it one day at a time, and

I’m happy the team has been this patient with me. Hopefully, they

can be a little bit more patient and wait until I get better.”

Sorgi tore a muscle in his shoulder two weeks ago in a preseason

game against the Jets. The injury prevents his throwing, a major

concern with the Giants needing to reach the 53-man roster limit by


Sorgi was clearly frustrated Monday.

”I don’t know if their patience is wearing thin, but I’m sure

it is,” Sorgi said. ”It’s just a numbers game and getting to be

that point. Like I said, it’s a tough position for me to be in, and

a tough position for them to be in. I don’t really have much else

to say.”

Sorgi was signed in the offseason to back up Eli Manning. He

spent the previous six seasons in Indianapolis backing up Eli’s

brother, Peyton.

With Sorgi sidelined, second-year pro Rhett Bomar has been

getting the snaps with the second team. He also played the entire

second preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers with Manning

sidelined because of a gash on the left side of his head.

Sorgi was examined by Giants doctors on Sunday. He said the

injury, a torn anterior capsule in his throwing arm, had improved a

little, but not enough.

”I have never had it so I don’t know how it’s supposed to feel

or how quickly it’s supposed to get better,” he said. ”I know

it’s different in a quarterback, a thrower, than it is in other

positions. We’re trying to keep that in mind and it’s just the

timing of when it happened and the timing of when it’s supposed to

get better by. It’s bad timing for both sides.”

Chad Pennington missed last season with the Miami Dolphins with

a similar injury.

Sorgi refused to speculate about next week.

”There is no following week,” he said. ”It all depends on

what the team wants to do, and I don’t really have much going on

and much to say. It’s out of my hands.”