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Despite what injury report says, Eli Manning looks fine

Eli Manning of the New York Giants

Eli Manning of the New York Giants warming up before an NFL game Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Credit: Getty Images / Wesley Hitt

For a second straight day, Eli Manning was more injured on paper than he was on the field.

He looked as spry as always during Thursday's practice, and Tom Coughlin indicated he was pretty much a full participant.

"Eli practiced well, he did everything,'' he said. "There wasn't any real restriction on him, so we feel good about that.''

Manning still was listed as limited with a back injury on the post-practice report, just as he was Wednesday.

Coughlin made it sound as if it was just a matter of convenience, easier than a copy-and-paste move to the full-participation column. "We'll just leave him on there,'' he said.

Quinn explains

Tom Quinn spoke to the media for the first time since cameras caught the altercation between him and Steve Weatherford on the sideline Sunday.

"It was an unfortunate incident . . . that we both wish we could have back,'' the special teams coordinator said. "We are fiery, we're competitive, and it escalated way too far.''

The argument came after Weatherford's long punt down the middle of the field resulted in a touchback. As he came off the field, Quinn indicated he had wanted the punt to go out of bounds. Then he tried to grab Weatherford to make his point, and Weatherford quickly brushed his hands away.

Quinn said he wanted to talk to Weatherford as he came to the sideline rather than wait because he might have to deal with other special-teams plays before coaching the punter. Quinn said what he regretted most was that the argument became physical.

"The fact that I put my hands on him,'' he said. "I let it get that way.''

Giant steps

Washington coach Jay Gruden said that if quarterback Colt McCoy is medically cleared by doctors, he will start Sunday against the Giants. He was limited in practice by a neck injury for a second consecutive day.

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