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Eli Manning will not take part in practice until the end of the week at the best as he will get treatment on his foot with hopes that he can play through the plantar fascia injury he is suffering through.
Eli’s chances of playing will depend on his pain tolerance, which, if you as evidenced by the time when he played with a separated shoulder in 2007, is quite high. Peyton Manning has never missed a start in his career and Eli has an 75 game consecutive start streak going, 82 if you count his seven playoff games. Those Manning boys are tough. It’s in their blood. Archie Manning took a beating playing for some awful teams, but kept getting up. My guess is if it were an injury where playing could worsen the condition he would be more likely to sit out. However, since it’s just a pain tolerance thing, the Giants would have to lock him up to keep him off the field.
That doesn’t mean that you have to play him though. If you have a solid alternative, you may want to go in that direction. After all, Oakland is 11th against the pass, allowing just 211 yards per game, and that includes tilts with Philip Rivers and Matt Schaub, who happen to be two of the best Quarterbacks in the league. On the flip side Oakland is 26th in the league in run defense, allowing 146.3 yards per game. It would appear to me, that even if Eli plays, this is the week that you hand the keys over to Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw.
We’ll continue to monitor the situation as game time approaches, but as of now I’d say plan on playing him if you must, but look for an alternative. Leave a comment if you want a second opinion on which alternative to go with.
Eli missed Thursday’s practice as well.