Eli Manning had to ask reporters what type of injury the Giants listed him as having when he appeared on the daily report on Wednesday for the first time since January 2012. Told it was his back, he nodded approvingly.
"Generic enough," he said.
The Giants' Iron Man has a dent, but it's certainly not anything that has him or the team overly concerned. He was listed as limited in the workout, ceding a handful of snaps to backup Ryan Nassib. But Manning insists he is not injured -- just a little sore -- and he'll be ready to play on Sunday against Washington when he is scheduled to make his 165th consecutive regular-season start.
"I wouldn't worry too much about it," Manning said. "I'm not."
Asked if the injury is serious, Tom Coughlin said: "I hope not." Coughlin even joked about Manning's in-week routine of hitting the weight room on Tuesdays. "He squatted 450, benched 275," he said with inflated numbers.
"He'll practice like he always practices," Coughlin said, "unless I hear something different from him. All I know is it's his back and he functions well. But for reasons, whatever, he's on the list."
The fact that Manning garnered so much attention for being on the injury report is a testament to his durability. The last time he missed so much as a snap of a practice because of a medical issue was the week of the 2011 NFC Championship Game against the 49ers. He had a stomach virus and did not practice.
"We did all right the next game," Manning noted of the win in San Francisco that sent the Giants to Super Bowl XLVI. He did take a physical beating in that overtime win but was not on the injury report for the Super Bowl against the Patriots.
"Two weeks to prepare," he said. "Two weeks to heal. Plenty of time."
Speculation on the health of the 33-year-old quarterback began last Sunday when he spent some extra time in the training room after the win over the Titans. He said he was getting extra ice for "wear and tear." He was generally well-protected in the game but did take a big hit when he threw a fourth-quarter pass for Odell Beckham Jr. that fell incomplete. Nassib played the final drive, taking two snaps in the blowout.
Manning seemed disappointed to be on this week's injury report, not because of what it means to him and the outside world but because it is almost an insult to players who are on the list for legitimate reasons.
"If I was truly injured, that'd be fine," he said. "I don't really consider myself injured right now. I didn't earn the right. I try to avoid it."
Manning had to leave the regular-season finale against Washington last year with an ankle injury that ultimately required offseason surgery. He returned early, in time to direct the team through OTAs and minicamp, and the ankle was a non-factor when training camp started in July.
Not since 2009 has Manning had an injury that threatened the streak of consecutive starts.
That's when he hurt his foot against the Chiefs and missed practices leading up to a home game against the Raiders.
In that game, the Giants made a concerted effort to get ahead of the Raiders early and get Manning out of the game. He did not play in the second half, the most time he has ever missed in a game.
This, Manning said, is nothing like that. Even if the Giants are able to take a commanding lead against Washington -- or vice versa -- Manning said he does not expect to come out on Sunday.
"That was a true injury," Manning said. "I am not injured right now."