The Giants season is over, which is disappointing given the team’s hopes for the season when it began but it does have an upside for one member of the team.
Quarterback Eli Manning will have plenty of time to recuperate before the next chance to extend his streak of 151 consecutive starts. Manning’s streak would be in jeopardy if the Giants were playing again next week after he suffered a high-ankle sprain late in the first half of Sunday’s 20-6 victory over the Redskins. Manning stayed in the game for one play after his injury and threw his NFL-leading 27th interception of the season before heading to the locker room for good.
“I just felt the guy kind of bend me back and I got my foot stuck underneath him. I know it was hurt a little bit at the time and was hoping it wasn’t worse. I’m very happy to hear it’s just a sprain,” Manning said, via the Newark Star-Ledger.
Manning will be in a walking boot for a while, which is a far better outcome than any kind of surgical intervention that would require Manning to spend part of his offseason rehabbing. Given how often Manning and his receivers appeared to be on different pages or reading from entirely different books this season, they’ll likely want to devote as much time as possible to eliminating those issues once offseason work gets underway.