Manning Honored

Eli Manning was selected the NFC's top offensive player for his heroics in Philadelphia last Sunday.

The third-year pro threw 43 passes and had career-high totals of 31 completions and 371 passing yards. Manning threw three touchdown passes, two to Amani Toomer and the game-winner to Plaxico Burress with 3:11 left in overtime.

"It's an honor, but I don't know if it's truly deserving," Manning said. "We had a lot of players in this last game and stepped up and made some big plays for us. When you get an award like this it's really an offensive award. It's for everybody, because for one person to have a good game, the whole team has to play well."

The Player of the Week award is Manning's first. The Giants had four Offensive Player of the Week winners last season: Tiki Barber in Weeks 8 (when he rushed for 206 yards vs. Washington), 15 (220 yards against Kansas City) and 17 (203 yards, including a 95-yard touchdown at Oakland), and Burress in Week 4 (10 catches for 204 yards and two scores vs. St. Louis).

The last Giants quarterback to win the award was Kerry Collins in Week 16 of the 2002 season, after he threw for 366 yards and four touchdowns and had a perfect 158.3 rating in Indianapolis. The Giants have received 20 Offensive Player of the Week awards since they were instituted in 1984.

*Tight end Jeremy Shockey (ankle), wide receiver Tim Carter (ankle), safety James Butler (knee), wide receiver Sinorice Moss (quad) and running back Derrick Ward (broken foot) did not participate in the team portion of practice today. Shockey and Carter are listed as probable, Butler and Moss are questionable and Ward will miss his third straight game. Moss was forced to leave practice when he aggravated the quad injury that kept him out of virtually all of training camp. Carter warmed up and went through some individual drills but did not participate in the team portion of practice.

*Two other players also missed practice: LaVar Arrington attended his grandfather's funeral, and fullback Jim Finn's wife, Rosa, gave birth to the couple's first child today. Kaia Jane Finn was born just before noon today and checked in at 7.3 pounds and 20 inches long. Mother and child are doing fine.

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