"Dr. Warren said that Eli's status will be week-to-week," coach Tom Coughlin said. "He has a sprain and bruise to the inside of his elbow. We'll evaluate his situation on a week-to-week basis."
On a third-and-six from the Giants' 47-yard line in the second quarter, Carolina defensive end Julius Peppers took the ball out of Manning's hand before he had an opportunity to throw. Manning continued his throwing motion and as he followed through, his hand made contact with Pepper's helmet. Peppers, who was credited with an 18-yard sack on the play, returned the ball 29 yards for a touchdown.
"As I was throwing it, Peppers knocked the ball out," Manning said after the game. "I continued to throw – it's like throwing something as hard as you can with nothing being there. It's like trying to throw a golf ball as hard as you can – it feels funny."
RT Kareem McKenzie took the blame for letting Peppers near Manning.
"It was bad technique on my part," McKenzie stated. "I didn't do my job well enough to keep him from getting hurt."
Manning said McKenzie's admission was unnecessary.
"After looking at it, I could have avoided it by stepping up in the pocket," he explained. "That's football, I don't blame Kareem by any means."
Manning threw three passes after sustaining the injury, including a 41-yard touchdown to Amani Toomer.
"Pure guts, that's Eli. He's a Manning," said Jared Lorenzen about Manning's post-injury heroics. "Thank goodness it isn't anything worse than a sprain."
With Manning shelved, the battle between Tim Hasselbeck and Jesse Palmer really heats up.
"There's plenty of room for improvement," Hasselbeck said of his 7-15, 96-yard, 1-TD effort in relief of Manning.
Palmer, who now appears to be behind Hasselbeck on the depth chart, said: "We're just going to try to move forward. We want Eli back on the field as soon as possible."
It appears the earliest Manning will take the field will be the season opener, on Sept. 11 vs. Arizona.
"That's where I want to be," Manning said. "Hopefully I'll get back before then."…
Cornerback Will Peterson, who sprained the medial collateral ligament in his knee in the Carolina game, is also out of the Jets game and week-to-week. Peterson was injured early in the game when he was blocked by wide receiver Steve Smith on a running play.
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