Thursday, 19 January 2012

Eli Manning Returns to Practice After 1-Day Bug

The most famous 24-hour “bug” in the tri-state area departed on schedule by Thursday morning, allowing Giants fans everywhere to take a deep breath.

“Yeah, I’m 100%,” the Giants’ franchise quarterback declared, one day after he left practice early with a stomach virus.

“Full practice today. Did everything. Took every rep. Feel good.”

“I’m sure he’s not quite himself,” added Tom Coughlin. “But almost.”

That’s good enough for now, with one day of practice left before the Giants (11-7) travel to San Francisco to face the 49ers (14-3) in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday night with a berth in Super Bowl XLVI on the line. Not that the Giants were ever worried that Manning wouldn’t make it, but they didn’t like the idea of their quarterback missing practice in the days before such a big game.

Manning texted coach Tom Coughlin late Wednesday evening and told him he was feeling better.

"When he got to work today, he had a nice breakfast and seemed to do fine," Coughlin said. "He is not quite himself, but almost."

There was almost no chance Manning would miss the game because of a stomach virus. After all, his streak of 128 straight starts, including playoffs, is tops in the NFL.

A shoulder injury in 2007 didn't sideline him and a foot injury two years later couldn't keep him off the field.

Manning took over as the active leader in consecutive quarterback starts at the beginning of the season when his brother, Peyton, was sidelined after neck surgery.

Manning downplayed his illness and the fuss it created. It marked the first time this season that he was listed on the team's injury report.

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