Eli Manning Hurt Chest Against Browns, Unsure of Severity

If the absolute stomping by the Browns on Monday Night Football wasn't enough, head coach Tom Coughlin is reporting that his star quarterback suffered a chest injury.

With 10:16 left in the second quarter, Eli Manning was slammed into the ground by Browns defensive tackle Shaun Rogers, suffering a chest injury that was still a problem after the game.

"He got hit and when he was driven into the ground ... his chest was bothering him after the game," coach Tom Coughlin said on a conference call minutes ago. "He was in some pain there. But I don't have any information other than that today. He was in the training room and we'll see."

Coughlin was asked if Manning will miss practice tomorrow or thereafter. "I don't know that," he said. "I don't know anything yet. They're going to do all of the tests and those types of things.

The play was very close to roughing-the-passer but no fine has been handed out yet to the 350-pound Rogers. It's pretty fair to assume the chest pain bothered him throughout the game, as Eli tossed three picks in his worst performance of the season.

Also, it probably didn't help when he tried to tackle Eric Wright on the interception return for a touchdown, laying out to push him out of bounds but ending up belly-flopping the sideline.

"I'm not going to know until I hear some things," he said. "From time to time, for anybody who plays that position, you're going to have some things that don't allow you to perform at your best. Injuries do occur. I don't know whether this is (an injury) or not. Eli has played very well with soreness and that type of thing. I'm sure that's something he'll be able to go ahead and practice and play with but we'll see. As I said, I don't have a lot of information now."

If Eli does have to miss some time in practice and possibly this Sunday against San Francisco, there will be one group of people excited. Ready everyone.....get yourselves in position...okay, on three...one...two...three...MITTENS!

[MDS at PFT]

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