Giants Wait and See About Eli's Recovery

Wall Street Journal—August 17, 2010

Coach Tom Coughlin got back up to the Giants' training camp headquarters at SUNY-Albany around 3 a.m. Tuesday. He didn't have Eli Manning with him, but he expected his quarterback to be on campus by Tuesday night. And he said he wouldn't be surprised if Mr. Manning had a home-fashioned, tricked-out helmet with him.

"With Eli being the kind of guy he is," Mr. Coughlin said, the design machinations had already started Monday night.

It was early in the second quarter of Monday night's 31-16 preseason win over the Jets when Mr. Manning was walloped, lost his helmet and slammed into a second Jets defender.

Blood gushed out of a three-inch gash on his left temple that required 12 stitches Monday and a battery of tests at New York's Hospital for Special Surgery Tuesday.

Mr. Coughlin said he wouldn't speculate on when Mr. Manning would return to practice and that he'd "wait and see what the doctors have to say."

Team doctors ruled out a concussion Monday night and Mr. Coughlin said Mr. Manning, in a text message exchange Tuesday, only expressed feeling "the normal discomfort" associated with stitches and "didn't talk too much about pain."

Before being sent home by doctors Monday, Mr. Manning said he could have returned to the game had it been necessary.

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