Eli's teammates believe he'll play

LYNDHURST, N.J. (AP) Eli Manning's teammates expect he'll make his 83rd consecutive start on Sunday.

Manning had an MRI on his right foot Monday, which revealed he has plantar fasciitis, an inflammation and swelling of the tissue on the bottom of the foot.

The Giants are officially listing Manning as "day to day."

But Manning has started 82 consecutive games over the last five seasons and his teammates believe he'll be out there for a home game against the Oakland Raiders.

"Eli's a tough guy," wide receiver Domenik Hixon said Tuesday at an NFL community event at Lyndhurst High School, about four miles from the Giants' training facility in East Rutherford. "Just from what I've seen and heard, he'll be out there. As soon as he gets on the field, he stays there. He's a competitor. We'll know more tomorrow (Wednesday), but I know he'll be out there."

"Any time there's an injury, you don't want to downplay any situation," said guard Chris Snee, who also appeared at the NFL's Play 60 event. "But after talking with Eli, he's pretty confident that he will be out there. ... Knowing him and knowing how confident he is, I'm pretty sure he'll be ready to play come Sunday. I think knowing he's going to be ready makes us all feel better."

Seven Giants players, along with team owner John Mara and commissioner Roger Goodell, were on hand for a presentation to the school, which had the highest percentage of participation in the NFL's after-school program, launched to promote physical fitness and health awareness.

Lyndhurst was presented with physical fitness equipment valued at $35,000 and the Giants oversaw some flag football games at the school.

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