Eli Manning has been handcuffed the past two weeks, posting quarterback ratings of 61.0 and 47.5 in losses to the Saints and Cardinals, respectively. Four weeks ago, after being replaced by David Carr late in a 27-16 victory over the Chiefs, Manning was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis in his right heel. The correlation between the signal-caller’s first rough patch of the season and his injury should be frightening for Giants fans.
Moreover, if Manning’s struggles are indeed related to the pain in his heel, they could become a lingering concern for an offense that has relied significantly on the air attack over the first half of the season.
Plantar fasciitis is an injury that requires a lengthy period of rest to go away, and it can recur at any time. Manning may be able to get better when the Giants reach their Week 10 bye, but the pain could come right back when he takes the field in Week 11 against the Atlanta Falcons.