The widow of lineman Korey Stringer hit another, probably final legal roadblock yesterday when the Minnesota Supreme Court refused to let her pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the Minnesota Vikings and several employees.

Siding with two lower courts, the Supreme Court's 4-2 decision -- Justice Alan Page, a former Viking, recused himself -- exhausted Kelci Stringer's avenues in state court.

Vikings tackle Korey Stringer died in training camp four years ago.

She sued the team, claiming her 27-year-old husband didn't receive proper medical care after collapsing following a blocking drill. Stringer, a 335-pound Pro Bowl tackle whose body temperature reached 108.8 degrees after he practiced in the sweltering heat and humidity, died of heatstroke early the next morning.

At issue was whether team trainers should have kept Stringer out of practice after a heat-related episode the evening before he collapsed, and whether they responded correctly to warning signs.

Kelci Stringer said actions by the trainers amounted to gross negligence.

The Stringer family still has a lawsuit pending against the NFL in federal court, claiming the league hasn't done enough to protect its players from potential injuries or deaths caused by heat-related illnesses. Equipment maker Riddell is named as a defendant, as well. A hearing in that case is set for Nov. 30 in Columbus, Ohio.

* CHARGERS: Rookie linebacker Shawne Merriman skipped practice because of a severe migraine, but the former University of Maryland star said he will play Sunday.

* GIANTS: Linebacker Reggie Torbor will miss two to four weeks with a hernia. Coach Tom Coughlin said Torbor underwent minor surgery for the hernia Wednesday.