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The New York Giants name their starter, Deion Sanders closes in on a decision and the injury list continues to mount for many teams around the league.

GIANTS NAME WARNER AS STARTER - 
The New York Giants have made it official, naming veteran Kurt Warner as their starter for the upcoming season, with first round draft pick Eli Manning serving as Warner's backup. 

The announcement, made by Giants head coach Tom Coughlin just prior to the teams' practice session today, is not totally unexpected. While Manning has looked good during training camp, it was Warner's experience that out-weighed the young rookies talent.

Case in point was Friday night's 17-10 loss to the New York Jets, where Manning struggled for the first time this preseason, completing just four of fourteen passes for 20-yards, with two interceptions. His second quarter fumble was returned for a touchdown by Jets defensive back Omare Lowe

Warner hit on nine of eleven of passes for 104-yards, with no interceptions. 

"Kurt will start the season at quarterback," Coughlin told reporters. "We give Kurt the ball and say, Kurt, let's go win."

Although he was disappointed by the decision, Manning took it in stride.

"I felt I was given every opportunity to go in there and prove that I can go in and play. I worked with the ones in practice and I got a chance to start one preseason game. So I thought it was fair and I was given a fair chance."

 "I have still got a lot to learn and a lot to prepare. I am going to prepare each week like I am the starter, like I am going to play and that is just going to make me better down the road."

 

SANDERS CLOSE TO A RETURN - 
According to reports published by ESPN, Deion Sanders is close to making a decision regarding his return to football with the Baltimore Ravens.

At 37-years old, Sanders has not played since the 2000 season when he was a member of the Washington Redskins, but the seven-time Pro Bowler claims that he is in great physical shape and could be a major contributor to head coach Brian Billick's defensive unit. That claim is backed up by Sanders personal trainer, Tom Shaw, who says that Sanders recently time out in the 40 at 4.38 seconds.

Should Sanders choose to return it is expected that he would join the Ravens on Wednesday, but Billick declined to comment on whether he would be utilized for Baltimore's final preseason contest, Sept. 2 against the New York Giants.

 

KANSAS CITY MAY LOOSE WIDE RECEIVER - 
Third-year veteran Marc Boerighter may be lost for the season for Kansas City after suffering a twisted knee during a non-contact play in the Chiefs' 21-19 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Saturday night.

Boerighter is scheduled to undergo surgery on Monday to repair what doctors believe may be ligament damage.

"I'll know more after they operate," said Chiefs head coach Dick Vermeil. "Personally I don't believe he will return this season. That hurt me more than loosing the game."

Kansas City's receiving corps has had it's full share of injuries so far this year. Scheduled starter Johnnie Morton has missed nearly the entire training camp with a sore Achilles tendon. Former Denver Bronco Eddie Kennison, who was scheduled to start alongside Morton, has also been hampered with injuries thought the preseason.

 

BUFFALO ADDS MORE TO INJURED LIST - 
Buffalo Bills safety Lawyer Malloy and backup quarterback Travis Brown suffered major injuries during the Bills 30-17 loss to the Indianaplois Colts Saturday night.

Malloy broke his left forearm while stripping the ball from Colts receiver Brandon Stokley. The nine-year veteran is scheduled to undergo surgery on Sunday.

Brown, who was slated as Drew Bledsoe's backup this season, injured his left knee while being tackled by Colts' defensive tackle Durrand Roundtree. 

"We won't know anythin official until they do an MRI," Brown said. "Not being a doctor, I don't know, but it's probably not real good. It's painfull."

This makes the second major injury to the Bills quarterback roster this year. First round draft pick J.P. Losman broke his left leg during practice on Tuesday and is out indefinitely.


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