Eli injures ankle, won’t return vs. Redskins

Updated: December 29, 2013, 3:20 PM ET


By
Dan Graziano | ESPN.com


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning left Sunday’s season finale against the Washington Redskins with a sprained ankle and will not return to the game.

Backup Curtis Painter opened the second half at quarterback for the Giants.

Manning was hit hard by defensive lineman Chris Baker while attempting a pass with a minute left in the second quarter. He had to be helped to his feet by an official and was limping badly, but he stayed in the game.

Manning’s next pass was tipped by tight end Brandon Myers and picked off by Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson, his league-leading 27th interception of the year. Manning limped very slowly off the field and to the locker room, where the team said he was being evaluated for an ankle injury.

With rookie Ryan Nassib on the inactive list, as he has been for every game this year, Painter is the only healthy and available Giants quarterback for the rest of the game.

Painter also is going to have to play without many of the Giants’ top offensive weapons. Wide receiver Victor Cruz was already out for this game, and wide receivers Rueben Randle (knee) and Hakeem Nicks (ankle) have left the game due to injuries.

Manning has struggled all season behind a shoddy offensive line, and there has been some external talk the past few weeks about the wisdom of continuing to let him play.

But Manning rejected all such talk. Sunday marked his 151st consecutive start, and he has not missed a game since being named the Giants’ starting quarterback during his 2004 rookie season.

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