Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

21 Aug 2005

Coughlin "Very Concerned" About Manning's Elbow

Eli Manning injured his elbow on Saturday night during a pre-season game and the Giants are "very concerned." Manning underwent an MRI, but the full results won't be available until Monday. If Eli's elbow injury is serious, it will be another long season in the Meadowlands for the Giants.

Posted by: Al Bogdan on 21 Aug 2005

25 comments, Last at 22 Aug 2005, 8:37pm by Theo


by David Keller (not verified) :: Mon, 08/22/2005 - 12:10am


by Pat (not verified) :: Mon, 08/22/2005 - 12:24am

Good job ditching that Kurt Warner fellow.

Bet Coughlin feels like an idiot if Arizona rips it up.

by Chris Smith (not verified) :: Mon, 08/22/2005 - 1:10am

Well, no worries if Eli is out...they have Tim Couch ready to go!

by David Keller (not verified) :: Mon, 08/22/2005 - 1:26am

There's also always Bob Sofa.

by Israel (not verified) :: Mon, 08/22/2005 - 2:46am

Too bad they don't have Ron Dayne to use for trade bait.

by fyo (not verified) :: Mon, 08/22/2005 - 6:26am

This really doesn't sound serious at all. Julius Peppers just managed to poke the ball out before Manning threw and the injury was caused solely by Manning following through on the throw without the resistance normally offered by the ball. This can cause a slight hyperextension of the elbow, but unless it is done repeatedly, there is next to no chance of injury.

by BillT (not verified) :: Mon, 08/22/2005 - 6:29am

Free Vinny Testaverde! Free Jeff George!

by C (not verified) :: Mon, 08/22/2005 - 8:54am

Jeff George does throw a pretty ball. Frequently right to the defender, but pretty none the less.

by JonL (not verified) :: Mon, 08/22/2005 - 10:55am

I guess this speeds up the timetable for Jason Whitlock's annual "Jeff George should be starting in this league" article.

by Carl (not verified) :: Mon, 08/22/2005 - 11:33am

For those keeping score at home, quarterbacks suffer disproportionately high rates of elbow injuries, compared to other players on the field.

Although only about five QBs every year go on the injury list with an elbow injury, that's still good for about double the league average when you consider the number of men under center.

The highest number of elbow injuries, of course, go to offensive linemen, who are required to hold their arms out to snare blitzers and protect the QB before he throws.

Who suffers the least number of elbow injuries? Cornerbacks and wide receivers. So much for all that "incidental contact" hurting elbows, shoulders and arms as players jostle downfield.

by peachy (not verified) :: Mon, 08/22/2005 - 11:34am

Oh man, I love that article...

by beedubyuh (not verified) :: Mon, 08/22/2005 - 11:56am

Never fear Gothamites! Chad Hutchinson is available for pennies on the dollar!!

by Vlad (not verified) :: Mon, 08/22/2005 - 11:56am

Myself, I'd be concerned about his head, and possibly also his stomach.

by Adam (not verified) :: Mon, 08/22/2005 - 12:28pm

With Blake signed by Chicago, I think Kordell Stewart is the top unsigned QB.

by Catholic Samurai (not verified) :: Mon, 08/22/2005 - 12:31pm

"With Blake signed by Chicago, I think Kordell Stewart is the top unsigned QB."


Wow. I'd never dream I would see "Kordell Stewart" and "top QB" in the same place.

by BillT (not verified) :: Mon, 08/22/2005 - 12:37pm

"I think Kordell Stewart is the top unsigned QB"

I can think of five that don't suck quite that much.

Chris Redman
Jeff George
Even Quincy Carter

Hell I'd rather dig f'n Neil O'Donnell out of retirement or try some random Arena League QBs...

by JasonK (not verified) :: Mon, 08/22/2005 - 12:44pm

According to the Giants training staff this morning, he has a sprain and bruise inside the elbow, and they're calling his status "week to week" (see link). Scary, yes, but he'll probably be ready for the opener. Missing the practices will hurt, though.

Perhaps a bigger concern should be Will Peterson's sprained MCL (see bottom of article). He is a top-flight corner, and although their depth is pretty good at the position, he will be missed if he is slowed or has to sit in Week 1 (especially because they're up against the Cards, who'll be playing a lot of 3-wide).

by David Sablan (not verified) :: Mon, 08/22/2005 - 12:51pm

Hey, look on the bright side. If the injury is that serious this time next year D-Brick could be a New York Football Giant.

by Pat (not verified) :: Mon, 08/22/2005 - 1:00pm


Wow, someone hates Kordell Stewart.

Still, I'd have to agree that Testaverde is by far my top choice. He probably won't last the season, but when he goes down, then you sign Kordell Stewart.

by BillT (not verified) :: Mon, 08/22/2005 - 1:05pm

#19: Correct.

by David Keller (not verified) :: Mon, 08/22/2005 - 2:02pm

There's always Dieter Brock.

by roomservicetaco (not verified) :: Mon, 08/22/2005 - 2:10pm

"If Eli’s elbow injury is serious, it will be another long season in the Meadowlands for the Giants."

It's going to be a long season in the Meadowlands as long as Eli is the qb. He is going to make the Dave Brown era look like Otto Graham in the 50's.

by David Keller (not verified) :: Mon, 08/22/2005 - 3:15pm

Perhaps this is a blessing in disguise. I think he should have kept his name as Clay rather than Eli.

by Pat on the Back (not verified) :: Mon, 08/22/2005 - 5:56pm

Hey, New York! Trade us a pick for Rohan Davey! He's good, seriously. We drafted him, so he must be. We'll even give him to you for the low price of a 2nd round pick.

The Patriots

holding back snicker

by Theo (not verified) :: Mon, 08/22/2005 - 8:37pm

I bet someone send an email to the Steelers:
"That Tommy Maddox guy... is he good in even or odd years?"