Manning ‘on schedule' for season opener

The latest Eli Manning update has last year's top pick expected to be healthy enough to start the season opener on Sept. 11. However, it seemed highly doubtful that Manning would get any reps in the preseason finale at New England on Sept. 1.

"He's progressing well," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. "He feels good about it. The soreness is gradually dissipating. I would say he's on schedule, although we're going to be cautious about when he starts to throw."

Manning did not play in Big Blue's 15-14 victory over the Jets because of the sprained elbow he suffered against Carolina. Tim Hasselbeck started in his place and was relieved by Jesse Palmer.

Coughlin said Manning's rehabilitation is progressing well.

"He's now into the strengthening exercises and he's doing some soft toss," Coughlin said. "So he is going through the motion of throwing the ball. He feels good. They (the team's medical staff) are very optimistic and they feel like he's on schedule – on schedule meaning probably for the opener. I don't see him ready this week."

The team does not know when Manning will start throwing.

"I'm sure they're going to be very cautious with that," Coughlin said. "He is going through the throwing motion. He's not throwing the ball for any distance."

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