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September 14th 2007
Both the New York Giants and New York Jets are expected to bewithout their starting quarterbacks heading into Week 2 actionon Sunday.
The Giants’ Eli Manning has made a quickrecovery from a sprained shoulder suffered in last Sunday’s45-35 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, but is still doubtful for theGiants’ home-opener against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
Jets’ pivot Chad Pennington, hurt on a sackduring New York’s loss to New England on Sunday, had his rightankle heavily wrapped during practice on Thursday, but his limpwas less noticeable. He indicated he is still expecting to playagainst the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.
It was initially reported on Monday that Manning’sshoulder injury would keep him sidelined for a month, but it appearsthose reports were incorrect.
Manning was injured when he was hit by Dallaslinebacker Anthony Spencer on a failed two-point conversion attemptin the fourth quarter. Manning said Thursday he was mystifiedby the media reports that he would be out for a month.
“I was surprised when I heard that, becauseI knew it wasn’t going to be that long,” he said.
Giants RB Brandon Jacobs was also injured in theDallas game and is definitely out for the Green Bay game.
Jared Lorenzen will replace Manning if he can’tplay, while Derrick Ward will start at running back in place ofJacobs. Both played after Manning and Jacobs were injured. Lorenzenonly ran four plays after Manning left the game and had one completion,two incomplete passes and a 2-yard run. Ward was impressive with89 yards on 13 carries and four catches for 27 yards.
Meanwhile, Pennington appeared to favor his injuredright ankle in practice this week, but made some throws duringdrills after not taking any snaps the previous day.
According to a few published reports, citing unnamedsources, the Jets have already decided that second-year quarterbackKellen Clemens will start against the Ravens. While it would seemunlikely the Jets would play an injured Pennington against oneof the league’s toughest defenses, the team hasn’t made any officialdecision public.