Manning, Peterson return to action

Both QB Eli Manning and CB Will Peterson returned to practice on Thursday and both expect to be ready to go when New York opens its season on Sunday vs. Arizona.

Manning practiced today for the first time since spraining his right elbow on Aug. 20 in a preseason game against Carolina. He took all but six offensive snaps and declared afterward that he was pain-free.

"I felt fine," Manning said. "I wanted to take all of (the snaps), but he (coach Tom Coughlin) took me out and I don't argue with the head man about that. But I was making all the throws. I threw some deep ones that actually had too much on them. I have to work on the timing on some of those things, but it felt good throwing."

Manning said he feels no soreness when he passes the ball. "I'm not hesitant to make any throws," he said.

Peterson was able to participate in team work after satisfactorily completing individual drills. Peterson also missed the final two preseason games, with a sprained knee. His availability for the Cardinals game is less certain than Manning's, but he is confident of being out there.

"I feel better about possibly playing," said Peterson, who was also hurt in the Carolina game. "There's obviously work to do, but I feel like being out there today gave me a chance to play this weekend. I think by Sunday I'll be ready. In my mind, I'm going to play Sunday."

Coach Tom Coughlin was non-committal, saying, Peterson, "did work in a restricted number of snaps in all the drills."

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