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Report: Eli Manning likely to start in Week 15 for Giants

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Eli Manning may be making his second straight start for the New York Giants at quarterback.

Giants rookie Daniel Jones took over the starting job from Manning in Week 3 of the season, but he got hurt in Week 13 against Green Bay. Jones missed the Monday night loss to the Philadelphia Eagles due to his ankle injury. He returned to practice on Wednesday, but SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano reports a team official says it’s “likely” that Manning starts his second game in a row.

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur has said Jones’ status will depend on the quarterback’s health.

“If he’s healthy enough to play, then he’ll play,” Shurmur said. “It’s always medical. If he’s cleared, he’s cleared. … He’s cleared to practice, but again, we have to see it, evaluate it and look at it.”

It seems the Giants may be more inclined to play things safely with their young quarterback, especially in a season where they’re struggling with a 2-11 record.

The Giants only have two more home games remaining — Week 15 against Miami and Week 17 against Philadelphia. If Manning does start, this could mark his final home start with the Giants. And facing the Dolphins would give him a good shot of winning, too. But just because Manning’s Giants career may be ending, don’t discount his future. A recent report said Manning wants to keep playing and compete for a starting job in 2020.

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