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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Eli Manning is very likely back again as the starting quarterback of the New York Giants two years to the date former coach Ben McAdoo was fired in the aftermath of benching him.
Manning is expected to start Monday night against the Eagles in Philadelphia with rookie quarterback Daniel Jones unable to practice because of what Giants coach Pat Shurmur described as “a moderate high ankle sprain.”
Shurmur said Jones’ injury to his right ankle is similar to one running back Saquon Barkley suffered earlier this season, although slightly less severe. Jones won’t need surgery, but his recovery will likely be measured in weeks, not days, creating an unforeseen twist that puts Manning back in the job he held for most of 16 seasons.
Jones was injured late in the second quarter of the Giants’ loss to the Packers. He stayed in the game and Shurmur praised his toughness.
Manning started the first two games before being replaced by Jones against Tampa Bay.