Is Preseason Necessary?
There is a constant debate whether the preseason should be shortened, or if the four games give a suitable time table for players to get back into shape for the speed of the NFL game.
That above statement can be a debate by itself. Eli Manning was another victim of pointless preseason play.
While these football players enjoy being in the game, no matter the implications, it has to be a little demoralizing for the team and the player when an injury occurs when the win/loss column has no bearing.
Players like Michael Vick and Clinton Portis know this fate all too well, as they have both had a season cut short in the preseason.
Vick broke his leg in 2003, and Portis injured his shoulder in 2006 and hasn't been the same player since.
In Eli Manning's case, his injury was more of a fluke than anything. Eli had taken the snap and dropped back to pass, while Brandon Jacobs thought it was a run.
Jacobs' shoulder pad caught Eli in the chin strap, loosening his helmet. Calvin Pace then came around the edge and blindsided Eli.
After the hit, Eli's helmet came off due to whiplash. When his head came forward, it caught Jim Leonard's face mask, creating a laceration on his forehead.
Eli immediately put his hand on his head, and, after feeling the blood, he called the team doctors over to assist him.
The three-inch gash would require a dozen stitches, and the tests revealed no concussion.
Eli Manning Was Lucky
Luckily for Eli and Giants fans, the severity of the injury was minimal.
The hit looked vicious, and the blood was pouring from his face. At one point, a steady stream of blood could be seen dripping from his eyebrow.
While the cut was no match to what Clint Malarchuk went through (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXO0xsYsSoU), which was probably one of the bloodiest football plays in recent memory.
The last thing the Giants need is to lose their quarterback, paving the way for career backup Jim Sorgi to start his first NFL game.
Talk about irony, Jim Sorgi backed up Peyton Manning in Indianapolis, and he is now backing up little brother Eli in New York.
Fortunately, Sorgi is still number two on the Giants' depth chart.