Published: Fri, December 06, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Shurmur: Eli 'very likely' to start vs. Eagles

Shurmur: Eli 'very likely' to start vs. Eagles

Eli Manning lost his starting role after Week 2, but New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur says it is "very likely" the quarterback will be back against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night.

The former Duke Football quarterback suffered an ankle injury in Sunday's loss to the Green Bay Packers and despite thinking it would be a non-factor, the ankle will sideline Jones for at least one game.

Shurmur compared Daniel Jones' injury to running back Saquon Barkley's ankle injury that kept the Pro-Bowler on the shelf for three games.

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Two-time Super Bowl champion Manning, 38, began the season under center for the Giants but lost his place after Week 2 to rookie Jones, a surprise sixth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

As a matter of fact, there's also a chance that Manning could end up being the starter for the rest of the season, and that's because Jones is dealing with a high-ankle sprain that now has him in a walking boot. There has been speculation that he would retire at the end of this season after losing the starter's job to Jones. Through two games, the two-time Super Bowl victor threw for 556 yards on 56-for-89 passing with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Jones led NY to back-to-back wins in his first two professional games, but the team have lost eight straight since, falling to 2-10. If Jones were to also miss four weeks, that means Manning would be the starter for New York's final four games, which will come against the Eagles, Dolphins and Redskins (The Giants play the Eagles twice).

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