Eli Manning Participates in Saturday Walkthrough; Start Likely

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Eli Participates in Saturday Morning Walkthrough

A little sleep does a body good.  It seems as if Eli Manning will make the start Sunday against the Raiders after fully participating in the team's Saturday morning walkthrough.
From the New York Daily News:

Eli Manning woke up Saturday morning feeling good enough that he participated in the Giants' regular Saturday morning walkthrough at Giants Stadium - yet another sign that he will be good to go against the Raiders Sunday afternoon.
 
Manning, of course, practiced for the first time this week on Friday, taking about half the snaps with the first-team offense during the Giants' practice. If he had a setback overnight, the Giants probably wouldn't have allowed him to take the field Saturday morning. But, when Tom Coughlin addressed reporters on Friday, he said he would let Manning participate if he had "made some progress overnight."

Because the Giants carry only two QBs, the only sign of trouble at this point would be if Rhett Bomar is on the roster for game day.
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Tom Coughlin Encouraged By What He Saw From Eli Manning at Friday Practice

Here is a string of tweets from Giants.com’s Pat Hanlon following today’s Giants practice, in which Eli participated (forgive the grammar … TC=Tom Coughlin):

Eli and Carr sharing practice snaps…TC thoughts after practice, which ends around 1 pm, an hour from now…prediction: “we’ll see…” […]

TC: Eli did fine..he probably took half the reps… […]

TC “absolutely” encouraged by what he saw from Eli today…

We’ll have more once there is a more coherent news article about the practice. Here is the AP article.

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Eli Currently Giving His Foot a 'Test Drive' at Practice

Giants.com’s Pat Hanlon and ESPN’s Chris Mortensen both tweeted this morning that Eli Manning will be out on the practice field testing his injured foot. Practice began at 11 a.m. We’ll have more updates once we know how that works out for him.

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Another Day, Same Story for Eli Manning: Still No-Show at Practice

The NJ Star Ledger reports that Eli Manning didn’t make it out onto the practice field Thursday:

The Giants quarterback is inside the building while his teammates are working on the field. This marks his second straight day of missed practice with a plantar fascia injury suffered in the fourth quarter of the victory over Kansas City.

Manning was hoping he would be back on the field on Thursday, but obviously he wasn’t given the green light to do so. The sixth-year veteran also said be believes this injury isn’t as bad as the shoulder sprain he played through in 2007. But that year, he was at least doing light work on the side by Thursday and practiced in a limited capacity on Friday.

If Manning can’t go, David Carr (/cringe) would get his first start with the Giants at home against the Raiders.

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Eli Manning Sits Out Wednesday Practice, Likely to Be Game Time Decision

Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reports that Eli Manning missed practice on Wednesday, and according to head coach Tom Coughlin, will be a game time decision for the team’s Week 5 matchup against the Raiders.

We’ll keep you updated with any developments on Manning the Younger leading up to kickoff on Sunday.

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Manning Confirms Plantar Fasciitis

While on the Michael Kay Show, Eli confirmed the diagnosis of plantar fasciitis and had this to say about his feelings for playing next week:

My gut feeling is always I’m going to play. When I hurt my shoulder two years ago and they told me I was going to be out for a month, I had a gut feeling I was going to play the next week…. Obviously, I want to play, but I have to be able to play well and make sure, if I’m in there, I’m putting our team in a situation where we can do everything, I can function, I can move in the pocket, I can make plays and it’s going to be for the best for the team – not just so that I’m out there.

I would imagine in this case that if Eli wants to play, he is going to play. David Carr managed the final few minutes of the game against the Chiefs but would not be the optimal situation for the Giants.

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Giants' QB Manning To Get Second Opinion

From ESPN’s Adam Schefter’s twitter:

Eli Manning getting a second opinion on his foot from Dr. Robert Anderson in North Carolina.

The need for a second opinion is not a good sign for Manning, although Anderson’s opinion may go a long way to determining Manning’s status going forward.
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Giants' Manning May Have Plantar Fasciitis

According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Eli Manning may have a lingering foot injury called “Plantar Fasciitis.” You may have heard of it, and while it’s not likely to keep players out for extended time periods, it’s extremely painful, and has a tendency to linger. From Mortensen:

As I suspected, Eli Manning may have Plantar Fasciitis, awaiting MRI. Painful injury runs from heel across bottom of foot.

And then a moment later, Mortensen qualified his statement:

Doesn’t mean Eli will miss time but anybody who has it (me included) will tell you it is a pain in the foot that needs disciplined rehab.

Again, while it seems Giants coach Tom Coughlin’s fears of ACL damage were unfounded, this isn’t just an afterthought of an injury. And for the 4-0 Giants, who otherwise have looked like the best team in the league thus far, an injury to their star quarterback is a worst-case scenario, and one that’ll presumably be met with the utmost caution in the coming weeks. We’ll have more news as it emerges, but as we wait official word, the internet's resident injury expert, Will Carroll, cautions against premature diagnosis:

Symptoms don't match for E Manning and plantar fasciitis. Was he hiding this a while? Not usually suddenly painful. Heel spur alone? Maybe.

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Manning Has Swelling, MRI Scheduled for Monday

Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reports that Eli Manning went in for treatment for soreness and swelling in his heel Monday morning, and has an MRI scheduled for later in the day.

We’ll keep you posted on the MRI results once they come in.

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Giants in 'Wait and See' Mode on Manning's Heel Injury

While we await any new information about the status of Eli Manning’s injury, here is what he, and head coach Tom Coughlin, were saying after the game:

His initial fear? An injury to his Achilles tendon.

“Any time you feel that kind of a little pull or strain, especially down there, you get nervous, you don’t know if it’s an Achilles or something,” Manning said. “It wasn’t that. I kind of knew after a second it wasn’t that. I could stand up, I could still walk around and put some pressure on it. I was more relieved after that.”

Asked if Manning could have continued — the Giants led 27-3 — Tom Coughlin said, “No, not at that point.”

Manning wasn’t as certain. “Depends on the situation,” he said. “I don’t know, maybe.” […]

“We’re going to have to see tomorrow,” Manning said. “I can walk around, I can move around but there is some discomfort. I don’t think it’s awful, I’ve been injured worse before. A lot will be when you wake up in the morning, the first step how it feels.”

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Manning Leaves Game with Bruised Heel

Giants quarterback Eli Manning left the game with a bruised heel earlier this afternoon. The Giants were leading 27-3 at that point, so it's unlikely Manning's absence was anything more than a precautionary measure. Nevertheless, the Associated Press reports:

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning bruised his heel in the fourth quarter against Kansas City on Sunday and left the game.

Manning seemed to be limping very slightly just moments before connecting with Hakeem Nicks on a 54-yard catch-and-run scoring play that put the Giants up 27-3. A team spokesman said he was not sure which heel was bruised.

For more on Manning's injury and the Giants' victory, check out SB Nation's Big Blue View.

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