Eli Manning Expected to Start Against Eagles Due to Daniel Jones’ Ankle Injury

Eli Manning could return as the Giants’ starting quarterback next week against the Eagles.

Giants coach Pat Shurmur announced on Wednesday that Manning will “very likely” start on Monday due to rookie QB Daniel Jones suffering a moderate high-ankle sprain.

Jones is in a walking boot and will not practice on Wednesday. He initially hurt his right ankle during the second quarter of Sunday’s games against Green Bay. Packers linebacker Preston Smith landed on Jones with his full weight, causing the rookie’s leg to bend at an awkward angle. Jones stayed in the game, but Shurmur revealed to the media he was sore the next day.

Manning has not played since Week 2. New York benched him the following week and named Jones the new starter. The 38-year-old Manning put together two disappointing starts in the season-opening loss to the Cowboys in Dallas and then a home loss to the Bills. Shurmur said he felt the decision “was best for this team at this time.”

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SOURCE: Sports Illustrated, Jenna West