Talk about a bad week to be a quarterback in the city of New York. As both the Giants and Jets get ready for their next game this weekend, both teams are likely to have do deal with starting backup quarterbacks this Sunday, as reports out of both camps do not sound promising for their starters. Sources are saying that the Giants Eli Manning and the Jets Chad Pennington are both in high risk of missing Sunday’s matchups. Both were hurt in their teams season openers on Sunday, Manning with a shoulder injury, and Pennington with an ankle injury.
Manning’s injury has been one of great conversation and rumor since it took place on Sunday night in Dallas. An initial report from the Giants said he was day-to-day with a deep shoulder bruise. Then on Monday night ESPN’s Chris Mortensen broke a story that the shoulder was slightly separated, and that Manning would miss a month. The Giants and coach Tom Coughlin, along with Manning, denied the report, and even stated that there was a shot for him to still play Sunday. More will be known today when the Giants start practice for their home opener vs the Packers, but ESPN’s John Clayton is still insisting that the shoulder has a slight separation, and that the injury “could sideline him three to four weeks.” Stay tuned as this drama continues to unfold.
As far as Pennington and the Jets go, the team is staying quiet on the ankle injury that saw him limp off the field and fling his helmet down in disgust on Sunday in a 38-14 loss to the Patriots. Backup QB Kellen Clemens was mobbed at Jets headquarters on Monday with questions about starting on Sunday, and it appears for now that Clemens indeed will end up taking snaps on Sunday as the starter vs the Ravens in Baltimore. Once again Clayton is stating that Pennington likely has a high ankle sprain, and that how he does today in practice will go a long way in seeing if he can go on Sunday.
So both the Jets and the Giants, reeling from week one losses, may now have to give it a go with two inexperienced quarterbacks trying to lead them to wins on Sunday. If there is one thing you know about backups quarterbacks, they usually struggle off the bat, and with Jared Lorenzen going for the Giants and Clemens going for the Jets, it could be a long day Sunday in the Big Apple for New York’s football faithful.