PITTSBURGH — Eli Manning hit Victor Cruz for a 57-yard touchdown pass and the New York Giants beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 18-13 in the preseason opener for both teams Saturday night.
Cruz slipped by William Gay and Troy Polamalu, then outran Ryan Clark to score on his first reception since signing a $43 million contract in the off-season. Manning finished 2 of 5 for 73 yards. The Giants scored on both drives the offensive starters were in the game.
Ben Roethlisberger completed 4 of 8 passes for 36 yards for Pittsburgh, leading the Steelers to a field goal on their second possession. Rookie linebacker Jarvis Jones, the 17th overall pick in the draft out of Georgia, recovered a fumble in his professional debut. Running back Le’Veon Bell, the team’s second-round pick, did not play because a sore left knee.
CHARGERS: Rookie linebacker Manti Te’o will sit out this week with a sprained right foot and miss Thursday’s game at Chicago. Te’o wore a walking boot while watching Saturday morning’s practice.
REDSKINS: Receiver Donte Stallworth is expected to miss the next preseason game with a sore left hamstring.
Coach Mike Shanahan said Saturday that Stallworth needs some time to heal up.
Stallworth has been bothered by the hamstring throughout much of training camp, and he aggravated it during Thursday’s preseason win over the Tennessee Titans.
BENGALS: Receiver Andrew Hawkins will wear a cast for 10 days to try to heal his sprained left ankle, making it doubtful he’ll be ready for the season opener.
HERNANDEZ CASE: Investigators searching for the gun used to kill a semi-pro football player are looking into whether former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez asked his girlfriend to get rid of the weapon shortly after the victim’s body was found about a mile from his home.
The Bristol Press reported Friday that search warrants for a Bristol storage facility suggest Hernandez might have instructed Shayanna Jenkins to take a gun safe or lock box out of his home in North Attleboro the day after the body of Odin Lloyd was discovered.
The warrants claim that Jenkins was seen on surveillance video footage carrying a rigid object the size of a lock box or safe out of the house and into the yard, before loading it into her sister’s car. She allegedly asked to use the vehicle to go to the bank and returned home about 35 minutes later without the object.
The warrants claim that Jenkins might have dumped the weapons in the woods in Massachusetts or might have taken them to a Bristol storage unit that Hernandez paid for.