Last week Mario Manningham declared he’d be ready to go against the Saints. This week, he’s saying he’s “50-50” to play against the Green Bay Packers.
The Giants wide receiver missed last week’s game due to a swollen knee and on Thursday, head coach Tom Coughlin admitted there hasn’t been much improvement in Manningham’s condition.
The wide receiver, who hasn’t practiced since the team’s 17-10 loss to the Eagles, told reporters that his knee feels “weak” and “not stable” when testing it.
“It’s just some stuff floating around in there,” Manningham said, touching his right knee.
Asked if surgery is definitely a possibility, he said: “I’m not sure yet. I got some issues on the side and a little in the front. Eventually I’ll be alright. Right now I’m not 100 [percent].”
Manningham -- who has 34 receptions for 404 yards and three TDs -- had surgery on his right knee when he was in college at Michigan, adding: “I don’t have a meniscus in either one of my knees.”
Though his absence surely will be felt on the field Sunday, offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride the reality is: "He hasn’t gone for a while, so you know, we’ve been playing pretty well.
"You always would like to have your full arsenal of players, but you lose a guy that has some speed, that has made some big plays for us in the past and has made big plays against this team. So you'd love to have him but he hasn’t been around for a while and he didn’t practice today. We’ll just wait and see.”
Keep in mind: Manningham will be a free agent after this season.