Manning skips out on part of Wednesday's Giants practice with illness

Posted Jan. 18, 2012 @ 2:23 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Giants QB Eli Manning missed part of Wednesday's practice with a stomach illness.

Indications are that it's not too serious. Giants head coach Tom Coughlin called it a "stomach bug" and said that it's "hopefully a 24-hour deal."

Manning joins DEs Justin Tuck (shoulder) and Osi Umenyiora (ankle, knee), CB Corey Webster (hamstring) and LB Mark Herzlich (ankle) on the list of Giants players who were limited in practice. RB Ahmad Bradshaw, the Giants' leading running back with 659 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on the ground, missed practice completely, something that has become routine for him in recent weeks. He frequently rests early in the week, before donning the blue and white on Sundays.

If Manning were for some reason unable to play, the effect it would have on the Giants would be unfathomable. Manning accounted for 80.3 percent of New York's total yardage this season. He finished with 29 touchdowns in the regular season, the second-highest total of his career, and cut his interceptions down from 25 in 2010 to 16 in 2011.

He has been resplendent in the postseason as well. After completing 61 percent of his passes during the regular season, he completed 71.9 percent of his passes in a 24-2 win over the Falcons and 63.6 percent of his passes in Sunday's 37-20 victory over the Packers. He has combined to toss six touchdown passes against just one interception in the Giants' two playoff games.

If Manning couldn't play, New York would have to send in backup QB David Carr, formerly of the Texans. He has yet to enter a game this season. In his previous tenure with the Giants, Carr threw three touchdown passes without tossing a single interception in nine games with no starts.