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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning took part in practice Friday after missing time this week with a foot injury.


Manning, who shared snaps backup quarterback David Carr, is questionable for Sunday's game against the visiting Oakland Raiders with plantar fasciitis, an inflammation near the heel of the tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot.


He has started 82 straight games but has been bothered by the injury for the past few weeks. He didn't practice during either of the Giants' other workouts this week, on Wednesday and Thursday.


The ailment reached a crescendo Sunday when he set up to throw against the Kansas City Chiefs in the fourth quarter.


After practice Thursday, coach Tom Coughlin declined to predict whether Manning would be able to start, saying only that the inflammation in Manning's foot was feeling better.


A decision on whether Manning plays may not be made until Sunday.


The fact he returned to the field gives Manning a better chance of being available Sunday. Friday's practice will end around 1 p.m. ET.

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Manning practices, no signs of injured heel


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP)—New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning(notes) returned to practice Friday and showed no ill effects of the injured right heel that kept him out the previous two days.


Yet the team is still being cautious about his status for Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders.


New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning was having an MRI on his right leg in the wake of his injury against the Kansas City Chiefs. Giants spokesman Pat Hanlon said the results will be reviewed by Dr. Russell Warren later Monday, oct. 5, 2009, and the team will make an announcement after the doctor talks to Manning.


Manning is listed as questionable and coach Tom Coughlin said it will more than likely be a game-time decision whether he will play.


“If the medical people think he can play, then he will play,” Coughlin said. “We’ll evaluate him every day. I know he wants to play in the worst way, but we’re not going to go against the medical people. We’re not going to pencil him in and say he’s playing.”


Coughlin said that he was “encouraged” by the way Manning looked at practice.


“He did fine,” Coughlin said. “You want someone who can make the exchanges on handoffs and drop back to plant and throw. He did all of that. He’ll get some treatment, both here and at home and we’ll see how he is (Saturday) when he comes in. If he makes some progress, then I see no reason as to why he won’t play.”


At the start of Friday’s practice, Manning did the regular calisthenics with the team and at one point was leading sprints, causing one coach to yell, “That a way, Eli.”


Although Manning seemed to run a little gingerly, he did the regular stretching and squatting with no problem.


When practice began, reserve David Carr(notes) took the first five snaps with the starting unit, but was quickly replaced by Manning, giving all indications Manning would be ready to start Sunday. Manning has made 82 consecutive starts.


Manning has been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis in his right heel.


He was not available to the media after practice. Team officials said he was receiving medical treatment.


Carr said he watched closely and believes that Manning will be ready Sunday.


“I think he looked fine,” Carr said . “He looked good. We’ll see how it goes on Sunday. I have to be ready in case he doesn’t feel great. It was good to see him out there. He wasn’t favoring it and that was a good sign. I watched his dropback to see if he could push off it. I wanted to see if he could do it and he looked fine. I don’t want to not be prepared in case I have to go, but I think Eli will go.”


Source: Yahoo! Sports

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