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Giants news, 8/19: Injury updates, Eli’s place in Giants’ lore, more

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In addition to the progress being made by wide receiver Sterling Shepard, several other players returned to practice on Sunday. Linebacker Alec Ogletree (calf), running back Wayne Gallman (ankle) and offensive tackle Brian Mihalik (burner) were back on the field.

Eli Manning is the Giants’ Jeter, Rivera, Messier and Ewing - New York Daily News

However it ends with Eli, though, and even as a rising Sam Darnold playing in his own stadium, it is always worth remembering that there has never been a New York football Giant more important than Eli has been. Not Frank Gifford. Not Phil Simms. Not even Lawrence Taylor, the most talented player in Giants history, and probably the greatest defensive player of them all.

No. 10 is the one.

He’s the one even if he never won another playoff game around his two Super Bowl runs. He’s the one despite the way he’s looked when he’s been putting the ball on the ground the past few seasons and throwing it to the other team and wondering where all the good offensive linemen went.

It was their big day, but when the groom’s mistress turned up at their wedding, everything changed.

Young Yankees fans grew up with Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera. Rangers fans had Mark Messier, but he came here from somewhere else and ended up finishing his career somewhere else. If you’re a young Giants fan, it’s Eli, one hundred percent. If this is his last year, you just want it to be better than Jeter’s last year with the Yankees. You want him to throw the ball the way the great Rivera did in his farewell season with the Yankees. If he doesn’t, then Daniel Jones will have to take the field sooner than John Mara would like, and it will mean the Giants are acting like losers all over again.

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