There’s a certain amount of word-parsing that’s occurring in the wake of the specific diagnosis applied to Eli Manning’s current foot/heel injury.
Some are calling it “plantar fasciitis,” a chronic inflammation of the thick tissue at the bottom of the heel.
The Giants seem to prefer the term “plantar fascia injury.”
Why? Because Manning has had “plantas fasciitis” for several weeks. And it was undisclosed on the team’s injury report.
But now that the inflammation (which produces chronic but tolerable pain) resulted in a more acute jolt to the bottom of Manning’s foot (it’s the body warning the brain that something is about to snap down there), the Giants apparently hope to avoid being fined for concealing an injury at a time when the cross-stadium Jets were being nailed for a total of $125,000 in fines based on last year’s failure to disclose that Brett Favre was suffering from a partially torn biceps tendon.
The only difference? Eli has yet to talk (and talk . . . and talk . . . and talk) about the fact that his foot had been bothering him for weeks.
But if the league is serious about the integrity of the injury report, the league needs to immediately investigate what the Giants knew about the condition, and why Eli wasn’t listed as probable for Week Four with a foot injury.
(Coincidentally, Favre was listed as probable for Week Four. With a foot injury.)
And please spare us the “he practiced and played” routine. Favre practiced and played, too.
More importantly, he never had to leave a game because of it.
Manning, on Sunday, did.
At a minimum, the Jets should be New York pissed about the situation, and owner Woody Johnson has every right to demand an explanation from 280 Park Avenue as to whether the Giants face the same consequences that Favre’s chronic case of verbal diarrhea caused for Johnson’s team.