New York Giants: Eli Manning Gets More Bad News

Jeff ShullAnalyst INovember 30, 2009

DENVER - NOVEMBER 26:  Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants looks on from the sidelines against the Denver Broncos during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on November 26, 2009 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Eli Manning claims the injury that plagued him for the middle of the season has not affected his play—his play would suggest otherwise.

That being said, this most recent bit of news will have all of Big Blue nation on the edge of their seats the rest of the season.

A stress reaction has developed in the cupoid bone as a result of Manning trying to protect his plantar fasciitis since the injury happened in Week Four.

The Giants are doing everything to protect the foot, making Eli wear protective shoes and telling him to stay off it as much as possible.

This may not mean anything, but what it leads to may be devastating. The stress reaction makes Manning more susceptible to a stress fracture in his foot, which would undoubtedly end his 2009 season.

Manning and the Giants organization are not sharing my concerns. The pair have been optimistic and claim nothing is wrong.

  • "It's one of those things that time and rest is probably the biggest thing," he said. "Having the weekend and the bye week and off week helped some. Time to rest it is helpful. It is not something I think will linger or bother me."—Eli Manning.

Eli seems to be the opposite of Ben Roethlisberger when it comes to injuries:

  • "It is frustrating, kind of one thing leading to another. When you have to go to the training room and get treatment, it throws your schedule out of whack. It kind of pushes things back. I am a guy who doesn't like to be in a training room. That's been probably the biggest annoyance trying to deal with it."

The next two weeks are the Giants' season. If they lose just one of them, the season is over. At the very least, the Giants need to go 10-6 to get a Wild Card spot, and it doesn't feel like a four-game win streak is in the cards if they lose to the 'Boys.

The last time the Giants played the Cowboys, Manning went off and both Mario Manningham and Steve Smith had career days. The offense needs to step up to make up for the awful play of the defense.

It is incredible how night and day the offense was in the Atlanta and Denver games. In just four days the offense went from looking like a team ready to bounce back and finish strong, to a team who looks ready to pack it in and get ready for next year.

More bad news for a struggling team. One thing to remember is that 2009 is starting to feel a lot like 2007 before the Super Bowl run; the only problem is Steve Spagnuolo is not leading the defense.

Even if the Giants don't make the playoffs, a sweep of the Cowboys would be nice. A division win could be enough to turn the season around.

Let's go Big Blue.