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Eli Manning bloodied in stadium debut

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Giants quarterback Eli Manning exited Monday night’s Jets-Giants preseason opener after his forehead was gruesomely gashed open after an unfortunate series of events.

Brandon Jacobs started off the mess by running into Manning on a passing play.  (Jacobs got his signals crossed; Manning probably changed the play at the line of scrimmage.)  Jacobs caused a fumble and jostled Manning’s helmet upwards.

Jets linebacker Calvin Pace did the rest with a free shot on Eli from the blind side, which knocked Manning’s helmet flying.  Manning fell forward and hit his head on another facemask; it appeared to be of Jets safety Jim Leonhard. 

Blood quickly started gushing out of Manning’s head like it was Evil Dead 2.  We’ve never seen anything quite like it on the football field. (UPDATE: Here’s a picture of the injury.  Don’t view if you want to eat tonight.)

That’s the bad news.

The good news, if you could call it that, is the injury was well-timed.  The play came on a fourth down and Manning was set to come out of the game.  Manning will have to get some serious stitches, but we wouldn’t think it would be a long-term problem. 

Manning finished 4-of-8 for 77 yards, helped out by a fantastic play by Ahmad Bradshaw on a 51-yard catch.

UPDATE:  Manning had a three-inch head laceration that required stitches.

UPDATE II: Tests concluded Manning didn’t suffer a concussion.  Eli says he’s fine.

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69 Responses to “Eli Manning bloodied in stadium debut”
  1. mike_311 says: Aug 16, 2010 9:25 PM

    Eli took that hit like a pro, what a tough SOB.

  2. BigBear123 says: Aug 16, 2010 9:27 PM

    Might look better after a couple stitches.

  3. darkchild says: Aug 16, 2010 9:28 PM

    He got rocked.

  4. ncoolong says: Aug 16, 2010 9:30 PM

    What? No comment about a helmet-to-helmet hit?? Oh, that’s not Florio, it’s Rosenthall.

  5. drumbug71 says: Aug 16, 2010 9:31 PM

    Yeah that was nasty.
    Roger Goodell: “This is why we need a shorter preseason! Player safety!
    NFLPA: “This is why the players need more money! Open the books!”

  6. Meat Tuperello says: Aug 16, 2010 9:36 PM

    Manning tough is tougher than FORD tough….

  7. Woody Paige says: Aug 16, 2010 9:38 PM

    What a dirty hit. There you go Rex way to send your players out head hunting in the first preseason game. The Jets are classless from top to bottom. It’s going to be great when they don’t live up to the off-season hype.

  8. UrTeamBlowsgoats says: Aug 16, 2010 9:38 PM

    No helmet to helmet more like helmet to fore head.
    J E T S!!! You know the rest…

  9. ganggreenguido says: Aug 16, 2010 9:40 PM

    NOW THATS RUNNING THE TRAIN!

  10. UrTeamBlowsgoats says: Aug 16, 2010 9:42 PM

    Y. A Tittle 2010.

  11. JVult says: Aug 16, 2010 9:43 PM

    The Giants offensive line is playing awful tonight. There were rushers in Eli’s face before he could plant his feet to throw and they are hitting the running backs as soon as they get the ball. What happened to this supposed top line?

  12. geek says: Aug 16, 2010 9:47 PM

    It’s a good thing his forehead isn’t as big as his brother’s – he might have had a concussion! Instead, he’s just a little uglier than before. That is so awesome!!!

  13. Sock_Puppet says: Aug 16, 2010 9:54 PM

    Giants own the field and the stadium. Eli christened the turf with his blood. First TD and First Blood. Jeez, the Jets suck. Playing their starters against our backups and they have been able to build an insurmountable 3 point lead.

  14. BHindEnemyLines says: Aug 16, 2010 9:55 PM

    Looks like Jimmy Snuka after the Don Moraco vs. Snuka steel cage match.
    Somebody check his sweat band for razor blades!!!

  15. MurderCapital#1 says: Aug 16, 2010 9:59 PM

    HA HA HA

  16. Wrathchild says: Aug 16, 2010 10:02 PM

    That hit was absolutely clean, you homers.
    That’s what you get when you keep your first string in the second quarter to try to score against backups.

  17. VoxVagina says: Aug 16, 2010 10:03 PM

    There’s no such thing as a well-timed injury, Greggggg

  18. bacon! says: Aug 16, 2010 10:03 PM

    Wow, now *that* was a hit. Too bad Jacobs started Manning pinballing around the field. It was like Palmer’s busted nose he got in preseason last year.

  19. drumbug71 says: Aug 16, 2010 10:04 PM

    Sock_puppet — I was thinking the same thing. Mike Tirico was saying that the reason they kept their starters in for the entire half was to prove that they owned the stadium. But you could play your starters all you want, but if you can’t move the ball and put up more than 3 points against backups, well, what does that say?
    I liked the Jets last year, but this offseason has really turned the Jets into the new Patriots for me. Maybe thats what they were going for?

  20. UrTeamBlowsgoats says: Aug 16, 2010 10:05 PM

    13-10 is insurmountable. When you cant score…

  21. FinFan says: Aug 16, 2010 10:06 PM

    What? No comment about a helmet-to-helmet hit?? Oh, that’s not Florio, it’s Rosenthall.

    There was no helmet to helmet hit. However there was a late hit by that jets lb that hit him.
    Why couldnt that crap happen to Sanchez? I hear the Jets bleed green, in this case it would match the color of the turf

  22. Meat Tuperello says: Aug 16, 2010 10:09 PM

    wrathchild, aka dipshit…. The Jets left their starters in longer than the Giants….
    You can’t fix stupid… and yes it was a dirty hit…. Unlucky result but a dirty hit by Pace.

  23. darkchild says: Aug 16, 2010 10:10 PM

    Sock_Puppet says:
    August 16, 2010 9:54 PM
    Giants own the field and the stadium. Eli christened the turf with his blood. First TD and First Blood. Jeez, the Jets suck. Playing their starters against our backups and they have been able to build an insurmountable 3 point lead.
    __________________
    hey dumb ass, the JETS and Giants own the stadium equally, Get a clue.

  24. cunninglinguist says: Aug 16, 2010 10:13 PM

    Jerk off all over yourselves for your little milestones Giant fans…
    First QB to get his ass knocked out
    And the first to lose in Jets Stadium
    Oh….one other first..the first loser fan kicked out was a Giants fan, talk about classless

  25. nniifu says: Aug 16, 2010 10:13 PM

    He leaking!

  26. PkrNboro says: Aug 16, 2010 10:21 PM

    He was mas-ter-ba-ting !
    HE WAS MA-STER-BA-TING !!!

  27. jd says: Aug 16, 2010 10:21 PM

    I almost considered drafting Bradshaw late until that play. Do you think Manning is gonna give him the ball after he nearly tackling him and got his face jacked up?

  28. obscurement says: Aug 16, 2010 10:28 PM

    I am absolutely a Giants homer and that hit was clean. It was a sick hit, but clean.

  29. saj1106 says: Aug 16, 2010 10:30 PM

    It wasn’t a 51 yard catch by Bradshaw…it was a 2 yard catch and 49 yard run on a broken play. And the hit was clean…Eli just needs to tighten his straps or something.

  30. Zaggs says: Aug 16, 2010 10:34 PM

    Wrathchild…Um, you have the wrong team homer. Eli was still going against the starters (perhaps some research would show Pace and Leonard are starters). It was the Jets that kept their starters in for the entire first half, which was the only time Sanchez looked good was when he was going against the 2nd team defense of the Giants and STILL got sacked by JPP.
    Also if the hit was clean and not helmet to helmet, then how did Eli hit the facemask of leonard?

  31. Hugh says: Aug 16, 2010 10:46 PM

    Gregg, follow Florio’s lead and stick to inserting clips from Seinfeld. Clips from crappy B movies that no one, other than yourself, has seen doesn’t work.

  32. numberfour says: Aug 16, 2010 10:53 PM

    looked clean on all. bang bang play.
    leonhard is the one who bloodied him, and he is a safety.
    jacobs wasnt paying attention.

  33. cunninglinguist says: Aug 16, 2010 11:01 PM

    @Zaggs
    He got his ass handed to him by Pace from the blindside
    Geez you guys are whiners

  34. Playoffs?! says: Aug 16, 2010 11:53 PM

    It was a clean hit, PERIOD. Let’s stop bitchin’ and complainin’ about it. It’s all a part of the game

  35. BostonISaChraphole says: Aug 17, 2010 12:03 AM

    This was the best thing I have ever seen in my life.

  36. Flip-adelphia says: Aug 17, 2010 12:13 AM

    Gotta give it to him…he’s tough. I guess that’s how those Manning’s are bred

  37. VikeKings says: Aug 17, 2010 12:22 AM

    Eli earned my respect tonight. romo woulda been out for the yr if that was him.

  38. Wrathchild says: Aug 17, 2010 12:37 AM

    LOL, I hate both teams, but it’s funny to see giants fans get so easily baited and hooked. Bahahahahahaha! Too easy, too easy, thanks for the LOLZ. I couldn’t have planned that any better!

  39. agenice says: Aug 17, 2010 12:42 AM

    Zaggs says:
    “Also if the hit was clean and not helmet to helmet, then how did Eli hit the facemask of leonard?”
    —-
    If you actually WATCH the play, his helmet is already popping up after he ran into bradshaw. Then when he is cleanly hit from behind it pops up the rest of the way.
    Are Giants fans always this bitchy?

  40. Wukong says: Aug 17, 2010 12:48 AM

    @ Hugh:
    Evil Dead series has a huge fanbase. Just because you’re some square suburbanite that’s idea of interesting is track housing, America’s Got Talent, Big Mac’s and SUV’s doesn’t mean everyone else is. Go be uninteresting somewhere else.

  41. mrzazz41387 says: Aug 17, 2010 12:58 AM

    How was it a dirty hit. Eli was trying to catch ball again after jacobs knocked him out. There was no helmet to helmet. Get over it.

  42. TheSleepness says: Aug 17, 2010 1:24 AM

    ?? homers abound..clean hit..eli even admitted it was his fault..pace is supposed to stop mid lunge?

  43. JOEY O says: Aug 17, 2010 1:33 AM

    They drew first blood!
    – Rambo

  44. VoxVagina says: Aug 17, 2010 1:38 AM

    @jd
    jacobs collided with eli. not bradshaw

  45. frank booth says: Aug 17, 2010 2:58 AM

    Anyone who thinks that hit was helmet-to-helmet or was dirty needs to watch the replay over. It was a great, clean hit.

  46. ham1 says: Aug 17, 2010 6:51 AM

    Need more of that. Wonderfully executed play by the G-Girls. Sheli getting whacked good. Bet its the best shot of the preseason, for sure in the top 10.

  47. Sock_Puppet says: Aug 17, 2010 7:05 AM

    Blowing Goats:
    You’re right. We tried to keep it respectable by not running the score up on the pathetic tenants. Admit it. Jets suck and always will be the red-headed step-child when it comes to NY football.

  48. NoseBleedFan says: Aug 17, 2010 7:44 AM

    Not A Jets fan…..Not a Giants fan either. How can you call that hit cheap? Pace was already running full speed at Eli. Anybody that thinks he could stop has never had a jock on themself.

  49. Steeler fans are tools says: Aug 17, 2010 8:08 AM

    He was looking like Ric Flair out there bleeding everwhere. surprised he didn’t go up to the Jet player and did a nut-shot WOOOOO!!!

  50. sacdaddy says: Aug 17, 2010 8:13 AM

    He’s a dumb hillbilly but he earned my respect for a taking that like a man.

  51. Mooch says: Aug 17, 2010 8:21 AM

    Up there with the Giants his on Joe Montana and the plastering of Steamin’ Willie Beamon.
    I can’t believe he got up from that. In honor of that, I don’t think in good conscience we can play “Mississippi Queen” at the Linc during Giants warmups. Because that wasn’t by accident….and it can no longer be said that this guy isn’t tough.
    Nice job, Eli.
    Oh, and if I was Coughlin…Sanchez would have been in a hospital by the end of the next series.

  52. Los Gigantes says: Aug 17, 2010 9:18 AM

    I don’t think it was a dirty hit at all… But it was pathetic that Rex has to blitz every play hoping something like that happens, in the first preseason game of the year, to make his defense look as tough as he’s played them up to be on HBO… Giants first team were missing tons of guys and just going through the motions… The Jets played it like it was their superbowl as it probably will be…
    I hope Victor Cruz is the real deal…

  53. JunkYardDawg1156 says: Aug 17, 2010 9:36 AM

    It wasn’t a dirty hit. But it is the 1st preseason game & it is kinda scummy to bring that kind of blitz. That being said, Eli took full responsibility for it saying it never let Jacobs know he was changing the play.
    The Jets with Sanchez in the whole 1st half & blitzing like it was a playoff game couldn’t buildup anymore than a 3 point lead. Not real encouraging…
    Either Victor Cruz is the find of the year for the G-men or a 1 game wonder – lets see.

  54. KoaMisiFan says: Aug 17, 2010 9:55 AM

    UrTeamBlowsgoats says:
    August 16, 2010 9:38 PM
    No helmet to helmet more like helmet to fore head.
    J E T S!!! You know the rest…
    ————————————
    Yes we do. Suck! Suck! Suck!
    Or is it: Just End The Season?

  55. JMoney says: Aug 17, 2010 10:01 AM

    Plain and simple. Pace saw the ball pop free, he took 2 steps, and decided to hit the QB in the back instead of go for the ball. Typical Jets. It was borderline illegal but completely tasteless…

  56. KoaMisiFan says: Aug 17, 2010 10:18 AM

    All I can says is: Revis? Revis? Where are you Revis?
    Kind of funny how Eli went 4/8 for 77 yds against that defense with a depleted O-line and no TE.
    Even worse, with the jests defensive starters still in the game, Giant’s back-up QB Sorgi goes 8/15 for 146 yds and TWO td.
    And jests fans don’t say anything about how it’s pre-season and doesn’t matter. If it didn’t matter, why would you leave all the starters in for an entire half. I can’t say I’ve ever seen that before. And if Rexy’s defense is so dominant, why did the Giants go 18/30 for 290 yds and THREE tds? Scrubs or not, that is not real good. At least I acknowledge the Fins looked like crap Saturday night, but you jests fans seem to want to stick up for that pathetic showing last night.

  57. cunninglinguist says: Aug 17, 2010 10:43 AM

    Koa
    Giants 1st team offense against the Jets 1st team defense went for 6 yards and 1 st down.
    So yea…..I’m happy with the Jets D.
    You have never seen starters play for a 1st half? How long have you been watching football? Giants had their starters in for just as long….till Eli got knocked the F-out.

  58. Wrathchild says: Aug 17, 2010 10:46 AM

    “Kind of funny how Eli went 4/8 for 77 yds against that defense with a depleted O-line and no TE.”
    Kind of funny how 51 yeards of that 77 came on one play. So, 3/7 for 26 yards besides that play.
    “Even worse, with the jests defensive starters still in the game, Giant’s back-up QB Sorgi goes 8/15 for 146 yds and TWO td.”
    Dumbass, Sorgi threw them in the second half, all the defensive starters were out.

  59. Bleeding Green says: Aug 17, 2010 10:53 AM

    C’mon Koa, are you really that dumb?

  60. Jack Acid says: Aug 17, 2010 11:16 AM

    Archie and the league were terrified when they heard that Manning was hurt.
    They breathed a sigh of relief when they found out it was only Eli.

  61. Tequila17 says: Aug 17, 2010 11:22 AM

    I’m an Eagles fan. Love the Mannings, except when they play the Eagles. Clean hit. Stay tough, Eli. You’re a hockey player!

  62. Hugh Jorgan says: Aug 17, 2010 11:30 AM

    Yes, Bleeding Green, Koa really is that dumb. And he loves to get responses; he loves the attention. So, the more you post, the more he will fire back with nonsense. There’s no substance to it, just blind hatred towards the Jets.
    A lot of us have him figured out. When schools are off their summer break he will be posting less, since he will be back in class during the day.

  63. KoaMisiFan says: Aug 17, 2010 11:32 AM

    cunninglinguist
    Actually, can you really call that the Giant’s first team offense? Didn’t one of the talking heads say they had 12 players out and only one TE? Not sure how the jests play offense, but most teams use the TE quite a bit. And no, never in my 25 years of watching football have I seen the starters play the entire first half of the first pre-season game. I guess you’re calling the talking heads wrong? Because according to what I saw, the jests starters were in the entire first half and Eli left with 10:45 left in the first half.
    Wrathchild
    When is 10:45 left in the second quarter considered the second half? Dumbass.
    Bleeding Green
    No, but obviously it looks like most jests fans are that dumb. If need be, check for yourself:
    http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/38731459/ns/sports-nfl/

  64. KnuckleBucket says: Aug 17, 2010 11:47 AM

    numberfour says:
    August 16, 2010 10:53 PM
    looked clean on all. bang bang play.
    leonhard is the one who bloodied him, and he is a safety.
    jacobs wasnt paying attention.
    __________________________________
    I agree that it was a clean hit but that whole thing was Eli’s fault. The play was supposed to be a run by Jacobs up the middle. At the line, Eli saw single coverage on the outside and decided to not hand off to Jacobs but Jacobs had no idea and ran right into him. You can see in the video after the play that Jacobs was pissed yelling and screaming on the sideline, although I think Eli got paid a price for that decision.
    That was such a perfect storm of events that led to a nasty hit, but i bet Eli will tighten his chin strap just a little tighter the next time he steps on the field….

  65. KoaMisiFan says: Aug 17, 2010 12:15 PM

    Hugh Jorgan says:
    August 17, 2010 11:30 AM
    Yes, Bleeding Green, Koa really is that dumb. And he loves to get responses; he loves the attention. So, the more you post, the more he will fire back with nonsense. There’s no substance to it, just blind hatred towards the Jets.
    A lot of us have him figured out. When schools are off their summer break he will be posting less, since he will be back in class during the day.
    ————————————————–
    And don’t you wish you went to school? You’re right, I love to see you idiots responses. You’re one of the most hilarious too. Nonsense? Nonsense is when you post stupid crud like how Sorgi only played against the 2nd stringers when he was in the game for 2/3 of the second half. You jests fans are just way too funny.

  66. KoaMisiFan says: Aug 17, 2010 12:54 PM

    “……when he was in the game for 2/3 of the second half. You jests fans are just way too funny.”
    Ooooops, I meant 2/3 of the second ‘quarter’. Huey had me laughing so hard I didn’t proof-read my post.

  67. Wrathchild says: Aug 17, 2010 2:15 PM

    Koa, retard, Sorgi didn’t throw the touchdowns in the second quarter. Good god man, how do you tie your shoes in the morning?
    The score at half was 13-10, Jets. How did Sorgi throw two touchdowns but the giants only have 10 points?

  68. steelers rule says: Aug 17, 2010 4:21 PM

    Why don’t this happen to Peyton!

  69. KoaMisiFan says: Aug 17, 2010 5:26 PM

    Probably the same way a retard that posts:
    “Wrathchild says:
    August 16, 2010 10:02 PM
    That hit was absolutely clean, you homers.
    That’s what you get when you keep your first string in the second quarter to try to score against backups.”
    But even funnier when you try to cover up your stupidity by saying you were “baiting the Giants fans”. And no matter what you sad little boy, the Giants got almost 150 yards in one half against that defense with only two starters on the O-line and NO TE. Don’t try to detract from the true fact that the jests defense got schooled by back-ups after bragging all week about how great the were.
    Oh, and keep thinking some of those DBs in the second half WON’T be starting. Even the talking heads mentioned that.

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