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Manningham got run over by a reindeer

Mario Manningham of the Giants makes the reception

Mario Manningham of the Giants makes the reception but is pushed out of bounds by Darrelle Revis of the Jets. Ruled an incomplete pass. (Aug. 29, 2011) Credit: David Pokress

Mario Manningham’s knee has bothered him all season and he was a gameday decision. Today is gameday. They decided. He will not play.

Not really a surprise considering he was listed as doubtful. But it’ll still be a blow to the Giants’ offense.

The other Giants inactives: Mark Herzlich (ankle), Jim Cordle, Osi Umenyiora (ankle), Jimmy Kennedy, James Brewer and Jake Ballard (knee).

Interesting that Cordle gets the bench and Mitch Petrus gets a uniform. A few weeks ago that would have been reversed. But Petrus played well enough during David Baas’ absence to become the back-up interior lineman on gamedays. The Giants also have Tony Ugoh active as their backup on the outside. Ugoh might even have a big role as the sixth lineman with Ballard out.

As you might imagine, Jason Pierre-Paul starts for Umenyiora; Baas starts at center with Kevin Boothe at guard; Bear Pascoe starts at tight end; and Henry Hynoski starts at fullback.

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