NASHVILLE -- Backup Ryan Nassib came out for the kneel-downs at the end of the New York Giants' 36-7 blowout victory Sunday, which wasn't necessarily unusual. But the fact starting quarterback Eli Manning was the last one out of the trainer's room following the game was unusual. Manning was getting looked at on the sideline by team medical personnel during the second half, but after the game he insisted nothing was wrong.
"Just getting iced down on some things," Manning said, somewhat cryptically. "Nothing serious."
If he's got any kind of injury that would limit him in practice, we should know no later than Wednesday, because they'd have to list him on the injury report. As we saw last week with Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys, teams aren't always eager to list their quarterbacks on injury reports, but the league has made it clear that it's going to be vigilant.
At this point, Manning deserves the ultimate benefit of the doubt, as he hasn't missed a start since becoming the Giants' starting quarterback in 2004. It would be shocking news if he couldn't play Sunday against Washington. But keep an eye on it as the week goes along. Could be nothing, could be something.
Somewhat shockingly, there were no other Giants who left Sunday's game due to injury. Running back Rashad Jennings was active in spite of his sprained ankle, but he clearly wasn't 100 percent, and rookie Andre Williams carried the load. Williams had 27 touches to Jennings' three, and Jennings said after the game that he and his ankle likely would benefit from the time off, even if he didn't enjoy it.
"It will be good, I know that, but I'm a player. I want to play," Jennings said. "I'm just happy for Andre. I told him this was going to be his breakout game, and it was."
Williams rushed for 131 yards on 24 carries, including a 50-yard touchdown run.