Eli Update

So, just how badly was Eli Manning injured Monday night?

The Giants dodged a huge bullet when they learned that Manning hadn't suffered any serious damage to his chest during Monday night's loss in Cleveland. He practiced with the club on Wednesday afternoon.

"I feel good," Manning said after the workout. "(There is) just a little soreness, but it didn't affect the practice or throwing or keep me from doing anything I need to do."

"It wasn't a full-speed practice, but he looked okay," Tom Coughlin said. "…For us to have our quarterback out there is real important, like anybody else. To have Eli out there practicing today and feeling good about the situation, I think that is a big plus."

Manning practiced, despite a hit he took from Cleveland defensive tackle Shaun Rogers, who tackled him and then drove him into the ground early in the second quarter Monday night.

"He is a big man and had a good hit," Manning said of Rogers. "I wouldn't have minded a flag on the call, but we didn't get it, so you go on."

Manning was asked what it feels like to have a man as big as Rogers fall on him.

"It feels like 400 pounds falling on you," Manning said. "It is not something you would want to happen too often. He is a big man."

*Center Shaun O'Hara (toe infection) and linebackers Antonio Pierce (quad) and Gerris Wilkinson (knee) did not participate.

"O'Hara is hopefully going to get out (of the hospital) in the morning," Coughlin said. "He is over there fighting and scratching to get out, but so far they have kept him. We expect him to be out tomorrow morning."

Pierce is day-to-day, but Wilkinson will likely miss some time.

"Wilkinson will be a while probably," Coughlin said. "I am not going to give you any number of weeks, but chances are he won't make it this week."

*Wide receiver David Tyree, on the physically unabl e to perform list since the start of the season, began his 21-day practice period today. "It was good to see him out there," Coughlin said. "I showed him how to put the helmet on and strap it up."

After months of riding an exercise bike and strengthening his knee, Tyree was thrilled to join his teammates on the practice field.

"A couple of guys saw me walking out and I was smiling ear-to-ear," Tyree said. "I'll probably still be ear-to-ear tomorrow. The only thing worse than practice is not practicing, and I've been doing that far too long."

*Lawrence Tynes told reporters in the locker room that he will kick Sunday against San Francisco. Tynes, who made 23 of 27 field goal attempts and scored 109 points last season, hasn't been in uniform since the preseason opener in Detroit on Aug. 7. Two days lat er, he hurt his knee in a training camp practice in Albany.

"I'm very anxious just to get going. It's been a while," Tynes said. "I feel very good about where I am. I just want to keep up doing what John's done for us the previous five games. I'm looking forward to keeping that streak he has going."

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