EAST RUTHERFORD - Eli Manning is very likely back again as the starting quarterback of the New York Giants two years to the date former coach Ben McAdoo was fired in the aftermath of benching him.
Manning is expected to start Monday night against the Eagles in Philadelphia with rookie quarterback Daniel Jones unable to practice because of what Giants coach Pat Shurmur described as "a moderate high ankle sprain."
Shurmur said Jones'injury to his right ankle is similar to one running back Saquon Barkley suffered earlier this season, allthough slightly less severe. Jones won't need surgery, but his recovery will likely be measured in weeks, not days, creating an unforeseen twist that puts Manning back in the job he held for most of 16 seasons.,
Jones was injured late in the second quarter of the Giants loss to the Packers. He stayed in the game and Shurmur praised his toughness.
Manning started the first two games before being replaced by Jones against Tampa Bay. The Giants opened 0-2 and Jones won his first two starts, but they have not won since September.
"Heres a guy that knows what hes doing, knows our offense and if we have one ankle injury, hes in there," Shurmur said of Manning back onSept. 18, one day after naming Jones the starter.
Well, Shurmur called it.
There was a segment of the fan base hoping for a farewell of sorts for the 38-year-old Manning, perhaps in the Week 17 finale against the Eagles at MetLife Stadium.
Now the Giants are turning to Manning out of necessity with Jones sidelined, quite possibly for the remainder of the season with an eye on preserving the future of the 22-year-old.
The Giants (2-10) are looking to avoid matching the longest losing streak in team history (1976). Manning and the Giants havenot won in Philadelphia since 2015.
In yet another wild turn, the Giants could have their full complement of offensive weapons on the field for the first time Monday. Both tight end Evan Engram (foot) and wide receiver Golden Tate (concussion) are trending upward with the chance that they could join Barkley and Sterling Shepard in the lineup.
Shurmur said safety Jabrill Peppers (back) and tight end Rhett Ellison (concussion) will not play against the Eagles. Rookie Julian Love should again get the start for Peppers.
Left tackle Nate Solder was also not at practice Wednesday as he is away from the team dealing with a personal matter, Shurmur said.
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