What's up with Eli?

By now, surely you've all heard the conflicting reports regarding the status of Giants QB Eli Manning. The Giants shot down an ESPN report stating that Manning had a separated shoulder and would be sidelined for at least a month. The club insists that Manning is day-to-day with a bruised shoulder suffered opening night in Dallas.

TGI's take? The truth likely lies somewhere in the middle. Our best guess is that Manning will miss a game or two.

Manning, who underwent an MRI that showed no structural damage, wouldn't rule out being able to suit up Sunday against Green Bay.

"It's sore right now, that's about all there is to it," Manning said. "The day after you get hit on it, it's just going to be a little sore and a little tight. But overall I'm not in pain or am not hurting in any way. So it is just a matter of when I can throw the ball, I'll be out there throwing it.

"It's just going to be day-by-day. I think with this day off and (Tuesday) off, hopefully these are probably the worst two days of it. I'll be getting better and treatment and get iced. I'll take anything I can to try to get healed up as quickly as possible. They said that everything is probably as good as could be from the tests results. It is just a matter of when you have the strength and when you feel you can throw full strength and you will be out there playing."

Neither Manning nor coach Tom Coughlin sounded too certain that number 10 would be back by this Sunday.

"It's hard to say," Manning said. "I haven't picked up the ball. I haven't tried to throw it. I know the fact that I threw with it in the game, it gives me confidence that I can get out there and throw it if I need to. It's a matter of being out there and having to make a throw – I can do that. I threw the touchdown to Plaxico. It wasn't a lob, I got something on it, put it in a good spot, was accurate with it. So that makes me feel positive about my status this week."

Coughlin was cautious when discussing Manning's chances to play against Green Bay.

"We are just going to have to see how it is," Coughlin said. "Whether he can practice and play on a daily basis. When he will be able to do the things he needs to be able to do. Quite frankly, if it is not possible this week then it will be another week. It is Monday, he has tomorrow. Literally, he has Wednesday – even if he doesn't work Wednesday – of full treatments. He will be in here two or three times tomorrow, he spends most of the day in here anyway, so we will continue to see what kind of progress can be made in a short amount of time with regard to his throwing motion.

"I'm not ruling anything out – nothing in, nothing out."

As for the other prominent injured Giants, defensive end Osi Umenyiora is also day-to-day with an irritation to the lateral meniscus of the left knee. He was hit on the outside of the knee on the Giants' first defensive possession and did not return to the game.

"It is a soreness situation right now and that is where it will remain until something further comes along," Coughlin said. "We expect again that he will be evaluated every day and if he responds to the treatment we will see how it goes and if he doesn't, if he remains sore and what have you, then we will have to deal with that as well."

Coughlin won't now until later in the week if Umenyiora will have a chance to face Green Bay. If Umenyiora is out for an extended period of time, might the Giants move Mathias Kiwanuka back from strong side linebacker to defensive end?

"There will be more discussion in the next day or so," Coughlin said. "We need to get a handle on where Osi is."

Running back Brandon Jacobs has a sprained medial collateral ligament of the right knee. He will not play against the Packers and will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis. Derrick Ward will take his place in the starting lineup.

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