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Giants' Manning could end up out indefinitely

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning has developed a stress reaction in his right foot that could eventually lead to further injuries which might sideline him indefinitely.

A person familiar with Manning’s injury told The Associated Press about the latest problem Sunday. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the team has not officially confirmed the problem.

Manning has suffered from plantar fasciitis – an injury to the band of connective tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot and inserts into the heel — since hurting the foot against Kansas City on Oct. 4. The stress reaction is not an unexpected development, but the team wants to prevent a stress fracture that could end Manning’s year.

An aggressive treatment program has included bone stimulation and having Manning wear special shoes offering his foot more support. He has limped during games, but denied his passing accuracy has been affected.

The Giants were 4-0 after their win at Kansas City, but now are 6-5 and Manning has struggled in recent weeks, even though the plantar fasciitis has healed.

More injuries

Atlanta lost offensive stars Matt Ryan and Michael Turner to injuries, and the Falcons wouldn’t say how serious they are.

Ryan, the second-year quarterback, hurt his big right toe on Atlanta’s first series in a 20-17 victory over Tampa Bay. Turner reinjured his right ankle during the third quarter, a high sprain that had kept the running back out of the previous game and limited him in practice.

Offensive linemen Harvey Dahl and Sam Baker also left the game with injuries.

Ryan apparently hurt his toe on the ninth snap of the game, a sack by Stylez White and Tim Crowder. The toe was taped up, extra padding was added to his shoe and Ryan did some light jogging on the sideline to test it out.

Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson suffered a concussion in Philadelphia’s win over Washington.

Jackson left the game after he was hit on a catch late in the third quarter. Jackson has developed into Philadelphia’s No. 1 wide receiver this season with 44 catches for 769 yards and six touchdowns. He caught a 35-yard TD on Sunday.

Eagles coach Andy Reid said Jackson did not lose consciousness and would need further evaluation.

Tight end Brent Celek sprained his thumb. The Eagles said X-rays were negative. Celek told a teammate he has torn ligaments in one of his hands after dropping three passes.

Jets rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez left New York’s win over Carolina for four plays with a knee injury. After the game, Sanchez said he was fine.

Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman left San Diego’s win over the Chiefs with a foot injury in the second quarter and did not return.

Goodell to expand concussion restrictions

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell reportedly will expand restrictions on returning to games for players who sustain head trauma.

Fox Sports reported Sunday that Goodell will issue a memo this week to all 32 teams expanding grounds for the removal of a player with a head injury or concussion.

Currently, a player can return to the game after being diagnosed with a concussion if he is asymptomatic at rest and under exertion, and is cleared by the team doctor. The lone exception is if the staff determines the player lost consciousness, in which case he is ruled out for the remainder of the game.

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