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Mario Manningham cleared to return to practice

Eli Manning,  Domenik Hixon AP

It looks like the Giants will get one of their injured players back this week.

The team announced Wednesday that wideout Mario Manningham was cleared to return to practice on a limited basis.  He missed last week’s game following a concussion.

With Manningham out, the Giants got to see what a playmake Victor Cruz can be on the outside.  We wonder if the Giants will put Manningham in the slot more to keep Cruz on the field.

New York could also get Osi Umenyiora back this week.  Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News said there was a “50-50″ chance Osi would play.

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16 Responses to “Mario Manningham cleared to return to practice”
  1. bigpara says: Sep 28, 2011 10:15 AM

    Of course he would be cleared to practice because he saw Victor Cruz kill it last weekend and he is scared that Victor will take his job. Don’t worry Mario 3rd string WR isn’t that bad.

  2. h3min1230 says: Sep 28, 2011 10:24 AM

    Somewhere Nnamdi is shaking his head.

  3. DonRSD says: Sep 28, 2011 10:24 AM

    I like Manningham in the slot.
    Thank God Cruz stepped up, we were lacking a 3rd option.

    GO BIG BLUE!!!!
    clip another birds wings this week.

  4. jdandcoke says: Sep 28, 2011 10:54 AM

    manningham can handle the slot better than cruz. the giants have been high on cruz for two years now and we got a glimpse as to why last sunday. its funny….in the span of about two weeks the giants went from looking like a team which was in big wr trouble to one that probably has the best set of receivers in the east (yes, even better than djax/maclin/avant/smith). austin/bryant is a great two man tandem….but the giants have a stronger overall group than the boys.

  5. gpete1962 says: Sep 28, 2011 11:12 AM

    jdandcoke says: Sep 28, 2011 10:54 AM

    manningham can handle the slot better than cruz. the giants have been high on cruz for two years now and we got a glimpse as to why last sunday. its funny….in the span of about two weeks the giants went from looking like a team which was in big wr trouble to one that probably has the best set of receivers in the east (yes, even better than djax/maclin/avant/smith). austin/bryant is a great two man tandem….but the giants have a stronger overall group than the boys.
    ====================================

    Spoken like a true Giant fan.

    With Plaxico they could have truly been the best in the league (Plax Nick’s Manningham Hixon and cruz) but realistically they wind up just behind the cowboys and one step behind the Eagle’s with there receiving core.

  6. jbl429 says: Sep 28, 2011 11:28 AM

    @jdandcoke, you’re nuts. I’m a diehard Giants fan, and I like the WR corps right now, but Austin/Bryant/Witten make a much more dangerous trio than Nicks/Manningham/Cruz. Take off the fan-goggles and be realistic here. This is a team that has potential to be solid and possibly win a wide-open division, but to claim they have the best WRs because Cruz had one breakout game is irrational.

  7. rnazriel says: Sep 28, 2011 11:56 AM

    Austin/Bryant/?ogletree < Nicks/Manningham/Cruz all day long. Plus Manning has both lungs and all his ribs intact. Def give nod to Cowpokes TE though, Witten is a monster

  8. jdandcoke says: Sep 28, 2011 12:01 PM

    jbl429 says:

    i did say receivers right? i never mentioned TE’s. of course, when you throw TE’s into the equation, we take a step back to all three teams in the east.

    as a giants fan you should know that nicks and manningaham as a tandem are only behind austin and bryant. djax and maclin are very good but djax dissappears in too many games. as an ENTIRE group of WIDE RECEIVERS, the giants group is every bit as good, if not a bit better than what the eagles have…and definately better than the cowboys.

    remember how good miles austin was back in 2008? of course you dont remember….because no one even knew who he was back then. he came out of nowhere just like victor cruz is going to do. mario mannigham called cruz the best receiver the giants have…..thats pretty high praise for a team that has himself and nicks on it.

  9. jerseyshoregiant says: Sep 28, 2011 12:02 PM

    Good news. We need you Mario!

  10. gcsuk says: Sep 28, 2011 12:24 PM

    I’m a Giants fan, but I would also have to give a (slight) nod to Philly as far as WRs go (as much as it kills me to say it). I will say that Maclin, DJax, and Avant have proven it more (and for longer) than Hicks/Manningham/Cruz. But I think the Giants have just as much potential as Philly, they just need a little bit longer of a stretch to prove it to everyone.

    Plus, none of those 3 are anywhere near the D-Bag that DJax is.

  11. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 28, 2011 1:27 PM

    Spoken like a true Giant fan.

    With Plaxico they could have truly been the best in the league (Plax Nick’s Manningham Hixon and cruz) but realistically they wind up just behind the cowboys and one step behind the Eagle’s with there receiving core.
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    Nah, that was spoken like someone who actually KNOWS the Giants personnel and truly watches Giants games.

    What’s Burress doing anyway?

    Oh wait.

  12. jbl429 says: Sep 28, 2011 1:35 PM

    @jdandcoke, who cares about whether it’s WR, TE, RB, FB… it’s receiving options. I don’t care what position catches TDs, I just want points on the board. Bottom line is Dallas has more receiving threats than the Giants. Fortunately for the Giants they are young and can improve.

  13. truthfulgiant says: Sep 28, 2011 4:30 PM

    Mario Who?

  14. lionhammer says: Sep 28, 2011 5:02 PM

    I really don’t think Manningham can play in the slot…. he drops way too many balls

  15. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 28, 2011 6:44 PM

    He played the slot his first year, he will be fine, but neither he nor Cruz will exclusively be there. Just like the Defensive Line with guys lining up inside and outside in Fewell’s system.

  16. ctp603 says: Sep 28, 2011 8:38 PM

    You guys need to stop looking at the stat lines and hype and remember that Manningham has hands of stone at the most inopportune times.

    Not to mention in 2010 his YPG was just a few yards ahead of such super studs as Patrick Crayton, Anthony Armstrong, Steve Breaston and Jabar Gaffney. Yeah.

    And if he actually made that catch without bobbling in week 2 against the Rams, like the professional and top WR we all want to think he is, there would be no concussion to talk about.

    Nicks has his own flaws too. How many times have you yelled at the guy to stop running around with the ball wildly clutched in one hand and not tucked in?

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