There were many encouraging signs Saturday regarding Eli Manning’s status for tomorrow’s game against Oakland.
1. He fully participated in the team’s walkthrough practice.
2. The Giants didn’t activate quarterback Rhett Bomar from the team’s practice squad, indicating only Manning and David Carr would be active for the game.
3. And, oh, ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio says to expect Manning to start.
Paolantonio reports that Manning has been playing with painful plantar fasciitis for a month before injuring his plantar fascia last Sunday. The pain and swelling in his foot has improved throughout this week, and Manning was able to take half of the team’s snaps at practice Friday, mostly out of shotgun.
Add it all up, and it would be a shocker if Manning didn’t start against the Raiders. Giants coach Tom Coughlin would probably prefer that David Carr finishes, if that means the G-Men have piled up an insurmountable lead.