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, Coach Tom Coughlin said yesterday.

Manning woke up yesterday with soreness in the elbow, Coughlin said. The second-year quarterback had an MRI exam and is scheduled to be examined by team orthopedist Russell Warren today.

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 and ran 29 yards for a touchdown.

Manning threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to Amani Toomer on the Giants' next series, but said his elbow hurt before he re-entered the game.

* PANTHERS: Safety Colin Branch will miss the entire season because of a knee injury suffered during Carolina's preseason loss to the Giants. General Manager Marty Hurney said it was too early to say how the Panthers will replace Branch, or if first-round draft pick Thomas Davis will return to safety after one week at linebacker.

* PHILLIPS ARRESTED: Former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips, who was wanted by police for domestic violence, was arrested yesterday after allegedly running his car into three teenagers who argued with him during a pickup football game, police said.

Police had been seeking Phillips since earlier this month for allegedly attacking his girlfriend twice, once choking her into unconsciousness.

* CHARGERS 36, RAMS 21: LaDainian Tomlinson scored on a 55-yard run -- his only carry of the game -- and his backup, Michael Turner, also had a 55-yard run, plus a two-yard touchdown scamper, to lead San Diego at home.

Chargers General Manager A.J. Smith said at halftime that all-pro tight end Antonio Gates was expected to arrive in San Diego last night and sign a $380,000 tender to end his holdout. Because Gates missed a team-imposed deadline to report, the Chargers said on Saturday that they will put him on the Roster Exempt List once he signs, meaning he would have to sit out two exhibitions and the season opener on Sept. 11.

However, Smith appeared blindsided by reports that Commissioner Paul Tagliabue could intercede and have the roster exemption lifted.