Ailing Eli Manning or David Carr Sunday as New York Giants meet Oakland Raiders

Two years ago, in the hours after Eli Manning was viciously slammed to the hard turf at Texas Stadium, a doctor told him he had a separated shoulder and that he could be out a month. Manning was hardly fazed by the news. He immediately began thinking about the Giants’ next game. And he played in it, too. In fact, he played in every game that season, even though it was a month before he felt good enough to attempt to throw a deep pass in practice. He was in pain every day, and his teammates knew it. Yet Manning never said a word. “You knew it hurt him,” center Shaun O’Hara recalled. “He wasn’t walking around telling people how much pain he was in, but you could just tell. He always does a good job of concealing his emotions. I know it was painful for him, but he was going to find a way to get through it because he wanted to play.” Oh, and he went on to lead the Giants to a win in Super Bowl XLII. It’s not surprising, then, that Manning’s teammates are expecting Eli to battle through today, as the franchise quarterback tries to shake off an injured right foot so he can lead the Giants (4-0) in their homecoming against the Oakland Raiders (1-3). Manning suffered a painful injury to the plantar fascia in his right foot, aggravating the plantar fasciitis he’d apparently been fighting through all season. He’s officially listed as questionable… [Read full story]

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