The New York Giants only have two more practices to go before Sunday's NFC championship game against the San Francisco 49ers and it remains to be seen if the virus that sidelined quarterback Eli Manning Wednesday will continue to do so.
Manning "missed the latter part" of practice on Wednesday, the New York Post reports, with what head coach Tom Coughlin called a "stomach bug." Coughlin understatedly told the Post Wednesday, "Hopefully it's just a 24-hour deal and he'll feel better [Thursday]."
Giants backup quarterback David Carr told the paper that Manning "took three-quarters" of the practice snaps at practice on Wednesday: "If he didn't have the red-belt mastery of the offense, yeah, maybe [it would be a big deal]. But he does," Carr said. "It's not something that's going to affect him."
Giants defensive end Dave Tollefson has no worries that Manning won't be ready for the big game. "It's Eli Manning. He's probably got some type of special, like, virus pills that only Eli Manning can use," he said, according to the Post.
The 31-year-old Manning, a two-time Pro Bowler, led the Giants to a Super Bowl victory in 2008 against the New England Patriots, a team it could be rematched with if they both get past this weekend's games.