Eli Manning will never forget his first game at New Meadlowlands Stadium.
Not because the Giants tangled with the Jets, their AFC rivals and co-tenants at the shiny new football palace.
Because he got knocked sideways and out of the ballgame with a nasty cut on his forehead that will be on highlight reels from now until forever. There was a mixup on the play and Manning first collided with running back Brandon Jacobs in the backfield. His helmet slid up after contact and then came off when Jets linebacker Calvin Pace hit him. His forehead then went into safety Jim Leonhard and he suffered a three-inch cut that required 12 stitches to close.
“I feel fine,” Manning said in a short release made by the team, according to Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star Ledger. “I feel normal.”
He displayed no symptoms of a concussion and should be no worse for the wear.
“The play was my fault,” Manning said. “We had a run play with an option to throw a fade that I thought I might try, but Brandon was coming right up the middle.
“Sometimes you make a mistake and you get hit in the head.”
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