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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 11:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants congratulates teammate David Carr #8 after Carr's touchdown run against the Oakland Raiders on October 11, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants defeated the Raiders 44-7.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) Eli Manning and David Carr, back in 2009.

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Eli Manning Will Return to Practice Today

Eli Manning's importance to the Giants really can't be overstated at this point, so any issues with his health are worth paying attention to this week. And so take note that yesterday, Manning left practice early with what Tom Coughlin described as a "stomach bug." Even yestersay, the Giants didn't seem overly concerned. Said Coughlin: "Hopefully, it is just a 24-hour deal, and he’ll feel better (Thursday)." And today brought some good news: Via Ralph Vacchiano, the Giants say Manning will indeed return to practice today.

With Manning not feeling well, backup David Carr practiced yesterday with the Giants offense — he said he took about 75 percent of the reps — in addition to mimicking Alex Smith on the scout team. The Star-Ledger reports that Wednesdays are usually devoted to first- and second-down work, i.e., "the base of the Giants offense with which Manning is well-familiar." If you're curious, Carr hasn't appeared in a regular-season game since October 24, 2010, when he was with San Francisco. He entered that game in place of an injured Alex Smith.

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Photo: Jim McIsaac/2009 Getty Images