Deon Grant knows Peyton Manning. And he knows what he’s feeling.
The Giants safety was a teammate of Manning’s at Tennessee. And last year, Grant saw his own consecutive games started streak come to an end at 144 when he was not on the field for the first snap of the opener. He played in all 16 games in 2010, but said it doesn’t matter.
“A streak ending is a streak ending,” the 11-year safety said.
As for Peyton Manning, Grant knew that he was doubtful to play this weekend but only learned about him being listed as out from media questions.
“I know he doesn’t like that at all,” Grant said. “He’s a good friend of mine so I pray he gets better. I don’t know how that offense is going to run without him, but I pray for his health.”
And how does he think Peyton is handling it?
“It’s killing him,” Grant said. “He was like me with that consecutive thing. It’s gonna kill him. He was trying to chase the Brett Favre thing … His whole thing will be not being able to run his team. That’s his team. It’s not just his offense, it’s his team. That’s going to bother him a lot ore than anything.”
Asked about Kerry Collins replacing Manning, Grant said: “He ain’t gonna be no Peyton Manning.”