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Eli Manning says he won’t retire after season ends

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Quarterback says he will continue to play

NFL: New York Giants at Oakland Raiders
Eli Manning watching sunday’s game against the Raiders.
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Remember that speculation from Archie Manning that retirement might be on the mind of his son, Eli Manning, after he was unceremoniously benched by New York Giants coach Ben McAdoo? Well, you can forget that.

“I plan on playing next season,” Manning said after watching Geno Smith quarterback the Giants in Sunday’s 24-17 loss to the Oakland Raiders, ending his streak of consecutive starts at 210.

As for where that will be, Manning said there was “no point” in speculating.

“I’m gonna finish out this season and see what happens,” he said.

Manning was, of course, aware of the speculation that McAdoo was going to be fired when the team returned from California.

“I don’t want that” Manning said. “I don’t want anybody to get fired. When a coach gets fired it’s usually because a team and the players and myself haven’t performed up to our duties So, I don’t want to see that.”

Manning said he spent Sunday just trying to be a “good teammate.”

“The amount of people that reached out to me this week, the importance of being a good teammate hit home,” Manning said. “I appreciate their support.”