So far, there is no new word on how Mario Manningham's knee has progressed, but from what we read last week, it doesn’t look good.
If you have the New York Giants wide receiver on your fantasy roster, you have been dealing with his nagging knee injury since Week 11.
That week, Manningham left the game against the Eagles with the knee injury after only catching one pass for four yards. Before that, Manningham was on a tear for three straight weeks. He had 15 catches for 177 yards and three touchdowns.
His fantasy owners thought that Manningham was going to be a big part in this three-headed passing attack in New York. With defenses targeting Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz, it would have led to a lot of mismatches for Manningham.
Manningham was unable to practice all week before Sunday, which caused his status to be inactive for the Giants' game against the Green Bay Packers.
Missing two games is bad; however, as CBSsports.com said on their fantasy news:
Coach Tom Coughlin told reporters earlier this week Manningham's injury has not shown much improvement over the last few days.
While, according to the New York Daily News when Manningham spoke to reporters about the injury before Sunday’s game:
He said he did some light running, but his knee was “weak” and “unstable” due to “stuff floating around in there.” He added that there is a possibility that he will need season-ending surgery.
When he was asked about having season-ending surgery, Manningham said:
“I don’t know. We’ll have to see. I’m not sure yet. I’m just trying to strengthen my knee and do what I’ve got to do to get back as soon as possible.”
Hearing the words "season-ending surgery" should scare Manningham owners. If you own him, it’s time to find replacements on your team. If he does make it back onto the field this year, how good will his injured knee be? Plus, with the emergence of Cruz, where will Manningham’s role be with this team?
With the fantasy season being this late, it’s time to either look towards your bench or find a replacement on the waiver wire.
Stay tuned as the week progress, as we will have more information on the injury as it comes in.