Eli Takes Snaps in Practice, Coughlin Giddy

ManningThe Giants got some encouraging news on Wednesday in terms of their starting quarterback, Eli Manning, as at practice he was able to take few snaps, toss a few passes and do some handoffs. The progress was welcome news to Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, who after the session seemed like a kid on Christmas at the thought of Manning playing Sunday vs the Packers at home. “I am encouraged by his progress,” Coughlin said. “He is less sore than he was the day before, that kind of thing. The swelling is way down. So I’m encouraged by that.”

Seeing Manning on the field was a relief for the Giants, who already have had a serious rash of injuires in 2007, and were faced with the thought of Jared Lorenzen starting Sunday in the home opener. While Lorenzen may still have to start depending on the next two days of practice, even he is now under the impression that Eli is going to play. “If I were a betting man I would say he would play,” Lorenzen said of Manning, who returned and threw a touchdown pass after he was hurt in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 45-35 loss to Dallas. “He’s a tough guy. He showed a lot of grit out there last week.”

The debate about Manning from late Monday till today was that some have stated that he has a slightly separated shoulder. The Giants have stated that is simply not the case, and that they would take Eli’s shoulder issue as a week-to-week basis. While Coughlin didn’t set a timetable for Eli, you have to think that having started the last 42 games for Big Blue, it is going to take a whole lot to stop him from taking the field.

“We’ll give him every opportunity,” Coughlin said.


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