Peyton Manning has been ruled out of Sunday’s Colts game. That means that the title of Iron Man Quarterback in the NFL gets passed from him to little brother Eli.
Peyton had started every game of his career, a streak of 208 consecutive regular-season games. Assuming he can make it through the week and down to Washington without incident – and that’s a big if considering the injury rate here with the Giants – Eli Manning would be starting his 104th straight game. That would be the longest active streak in the NFL.
“It means that he has been able to display the kind of toughness and competitiveness,” Tom Coughlin said when asked, in the face of other difficult injuries on the team, what it means to have a quarterback so durable. “One week he was out with a shoulder and he played (in 2007). He has that desire and he has that toughness, both physical and mental. He said the first time he walked into my office that he wanted to be the quarterback and leader of this team and he has demonstrated that consistently.”
In a league where freak injuries can and do happen – Jonathan Goff banged knees with a teammate in a non-contact drill on Monday as was lost for the season – it’s pretty impressive that anyone, nevermind a quarterback, can play in so many games.
“There is a lot of that,” Coughlin said of the luck required, although considering the rash of bad luck, he was reticent to discuss it. “I guess you do recognize that but that wouldn’t be on my mind today.”
Peyton Manning issued a statement about the decision:
"To say I am disappointed in not being able to play is an understatement. The best part about football is being out there on the field playing with my teammates. It will be tough not to be out there playing for the organization and our fans.
"I simply am not healthy enough to play, and I am doing everything I can to get my health back. The team will do fine without me, and I know for sure that I will miss them much more than they will miss me."