Could This Sunday Be Eli Manning’s Last Home Game Start?
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is set to start Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, making at least one more home start. This comes after rookie quarterback Daniel Jones suffered a high ankle sprain and was put on limited capacity after returning to practice this week.
Jones took over for Manning after Week 2, but suffered the ankle injury in their Week 13 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
This will be Manning’s second straight start after losing to the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night in overtime. Manning, who is in the final year of his contract, is unsure of what the future holds. He was the Giants’ starter for the majority of 15 seasons and has a pair of Super Bowl victories.
The 39-year old is set to finish out this season despite questions of his future in New York or in the NFL. After the Dolphins, the Giants face Washington followed by Philadelphia. Depending on how quickly Jones heals, he could be back for the game against Washington or the last regular season game against the Eagles.
High ankle sprains can be unpredictable, so a future Jones start is hard to say. But if Jones does return quickly, this could be Manning’s final home start.
Offensive coordinator Mike Shula showed confidence in Manning by saying, “He looks good. He’s had a good week. He always has a good look in his eye. He’s been great for me as a coach to be around. I’ve learned a lot from him.”
“We might not have him running the ball like we did with Daniel on the 1-[yard line], but other than that, really nothing”, Shula added. “Eli obviously knows our offense so well, and Daniel…We’ve given him probably more than we’ve given any other rookie as far as volume, putting things on his shoulders more so than other rookie quarterbacks.”
As the Giants look towards Sunday, it is safe to say the future of Jones’ injury remains unknown, as well as Manning’s future in the NFL.