Eli Manning back as New York Giants quarterback after one-game benching
By Andy Charles
Last Updated: 05/12/17 9:52pm
Eli Manning will be back as New York Giants quarterback when they take on the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
Manning's 210-game starting streak was broken last Sunday when the 36-year-old was benched in favour of Geno Smith for their week 13 date with the Oakland Raiders.
NFL Network reports Manning's controversial benching will not stretch into a second week.
Smith threw one touchdown pass in his first start for the franchise, but the Giants were beaten 24-17 and sacked head coach Ben McAdoo a day later.
McAdoo and other members of his coaching staff had decided to give Smith and third string quarterback Davis Webb a chance to showcase their talents over the rest of the season, with doubts over how long 14-year veteran Manning would continue to play.
He has been with the Giants since 2004, when he was drafted first, and he had not missed a single game since taking over as starter midway through his rookie season.
Manning returns to a team now being coached in the interim by Steve Spagnuolo, while Kevin Abrams has taken over from deposed general manager Jerry Reese.
Vastly-experienced Spagnuolo has been with the Giants for five years across two spells, most recently as defensive co-ordinator.