Giants quarterback Eli Manning has been struggling with a foot injury this season, and overcompensating for that injury may have caused him more problems.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Manning has developed a stress reaction in his right foot as a result of compensating for the plantar fascia that has bothered him this season. Schefter says that an MRI revealed the stress reaction in the cuboid bone, and that the injury makes Manning susceptible to a potentially season-ending stress fracture.
Per Schefter, the Giants are taking steps including having Manning wear extra supportive shoes and using a bone stimulator on the injury.
The stress reaction itself won’t keep Manning off the field, but it may partially explain why he hasn’t played as well recently as he did early in the season. During the Giants’ 5-0 start, Manning was averaging 9.0 yards per attempt and had 10 touchdowns and two interceptions. Over the Giants’ last six games, Manning has averaged 6.7 yards per attempt, with eight touchdowns and eight interceptions, and the team is 1-5.
Manning has been listed on the NFL injury report with a foot injury, so it’s no secret that his foot has been ailing. But Schefter’s report indicates that the injury is more worrisome than previously known.