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Giants Q&A: Does Eli Manning have a tired arm?

Giants quarterback Eli Manning throws a pass during

Giants quarterback Eli Manning throws a pass during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals. (Nov. 11, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

So, does Eli Manning have a tired arm?

That was the speculation in a report late last week, that the struggles of the Giants' offense could, at least in part, be traced to the lack of zip in the quarterback's once-prodigious right arm. But Manning said he is not throwing the ball any differently these last few weeks than he was earlier in the season, when he was playing at an MVP level.

"I'm still making the throws and I don't feel like it's tired," he said. "If my arm were tired, I would tell the coaches and we would adjust. I don't feel like we are overthrowing by any means, and the ball is still coming out fine, so I don't see anything in it."

What does Tom Coughlin think about Manning's arm strength?

He said he doesn't see anything physically different in Manning. "I've asked him that over the last couple of weeks," Coughlin said. "I've asked him how he feels, and he responds that he feels good."

Should Coughlin believe his quarterback?

It's like a manager coming to the mound to ask a pitcher how he feels. Of course he'll say he's fine. The fact that Coughlin has been asking Manning suggests he at least thinks there may be something to the idea. But Coughlin needs to trust Manning, and Manning needs to be as honest as he can be.

Why did Andre Brown start at running back?

Ahmad Bradshaw, who usually starts, said it was because the Giants began with a no-huddle plan and the first play was for Brown. With a no-huddle, there was no chance to get Bradshaw into the game. But actually there was. The second-and-6 pass on the second play was an incompletion, which stopped the clock and should have allowed Bradshaw to enter the game. He did not.

Were the Giants trying to limit Bradshaw's reps, perhaps as a way to manage his foot injury?

Bradshaw split reps with Brown and David Wilson and had only 10 carries (for 57 yards).

"Holding me back ain't going to help," Bradshaw said. "It's a bone bruise. Rest ain't going to help no bone."

Anything else bugging Bradshaw?

He went for postgame X-rays. He said they were not of his foot but declined to identify the nature of the injury he suffered. He wore no visible bandages or wraps in the locker room.

Any other injuries for the Giants?

Safety Tyler Sash sprained an ankle early in the game. Wide receiver Domenik Hixon also left in the first quarter with an ankle injury. Neither returned. Defensive tackle Markus Kuhn suffered a knee injury in the third quarter. With the game out of hand, the Giants pulled guard Chris Snee, who had sprained an ankle last week.


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