Mario Manningham Injury: Updates on Giants WR's Week 17 Status and Fantasy Value

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistDecember 26, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO - NOVEMBER 13:  Mario Manningham #82 of the New York Giants has this pass go off his fingertips against the San Francisco 49ers during an NFL football game at Candlestick Park November 13, 2011 in San Francisco, California. The 49ers won the game 27-20. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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New York Giants wide receiver Mario Manningham missed Saturday's victory over the New York Jets with a lingering knee injury. With the Giants facing a win-or-go-home Week 17 game against the Dallas Cowboys, the team is hopeful one of their most important offensive contributors will be ready to roll.

Keep checking back to this page throughout the week for the latest news on Manningham's status and potential fantasy value for the New Year's Day clash.

Friday, Dec. 30 at 2:20 pm EST by Brandon Galvin

Mario Manningham is listed as probable with his knee injury for the big Division Title showdown with the Dallas Cowboys Sunday.

"Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (hamstring) returned to practice as he expected he would. He was limited and is listed as probable. Also probable are wide receiver Mario Manningham (knee) and running back Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), both of whom were also limited today," according to Newark Star-Ledger's Mike Garafolo

This is huge news for the Giants and all fantasy owners. Manningham and Eli Manning have a fantastic rapport and will do everything in their power to end their playoff drought. Manningham is also looking to secure a hefty, long-term contract this offseason and needs a strong showing if this is his last chance to make an impression.

Monday, Dec. 26 at 2:10 p.m. ET

Paul Schwartz of the New York Post reports that Manningham is optimistic that he'll be able to suit up on Sunday. Even though the Giants scored 29 points against the Jets, the passing game seemed to be out of sync without the former third-round pick to spread the field.

Manningham has been dealing with a swollen and sore knee for the entire second half of the season. He is hoping to avoid surgery following the season and is optimistic he will be able to make it back for the Cowboys.

The fact that Schwartz mentions surgery and playing next week in the same sentence is a bit concerning. That said, Manningham understands how important his presence is to New York's offense, so he'll do whatever he can to play. More should be known once practice heats up.