Wide receiver Mario Manningham has become a bit of a forgotten man for the New York Giants. After the initial hype surrounding his return to Big Blue earlier this offseason, lingering knee issues have resulted in Manningham casually blending into the background — just as he did again on Wednesday as he did some light jogging on the sideline while the rest of the team practiced.
Now 18 months removed from his ACL surgery, Manningham is still not 100%, has not practiced this Spring and will not return tomorrow when mini-camp officially ends. Still, the now-veteran wideout says he's not remotely concerned about his knee and is just happy to be back with Big Blue.
"I'm not worried at all," Manningham said when asked about his knee. "They know I can play. They just want to see is it still there. I know it is once I get 100 percent."
Head coach Tom Coughlin seemed to echo that sentiment, saying the team is "hopeful" Manningham will be able to return by training camp. And while no guarantees were made, Manningham implied that had been the plan all along.
Should the Super Bowl XLVI champion return in time for camp, it would be a tremendous boost for the Giants. It would give quarterback Eli Manning yet another offensive weapon, and the competition would help to push other players like Rueben Randle, Odell Beckham Jr. and Jerrel Jernigan.
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