New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning told ESPN on Monday that he isn’t concerned about his brother Peyton’s comeback as he deals with various injuries that ultimately led to his benching on Sunday.
“He’ll be fine,” Eli said. “He’ll bounce back and hopefully get healthy. And hey, they’re in a good spot. They’re 7–2. I’d take 7–2 with one four-interception game at this point.”
The Denver Broncos lost their second consecutive game on Sunday in a 29–13 defeat by the Kansas City Chiefs. Peyton Manning was benched in the second half of the game after throwing four interceptions and completing only five of 20 passes for 35 yards.
On Monday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Peyton had a partially torn plantar fascia ligament in his left foot, an injury similar to the one Eli played through in 2009. Peyton had also been dealing with a rib cage injury.
“Mine was a full tear,” Eli said. “I don’t know what a partial tear feels like. I talked to him a little bit about it. Hopefully he’ll figure out a way to feel as good as he can and get a plan for getting back to playing the way he knows how to play.”
Schefter reported a partial tear is more painful to play through than a full tear, and Eli said the pain from the full tear took three to four weeks to dissipate.
- Erin Flynn