- Last Updated: 3:47 AM, May 9, 2012
- Posted: 2:11 AM, May 9, 2012
Eli Manning has never been diagnosed with a concussion, but amid the swirl of discussion and controversy regarding head trauma around the NFL, the Giants quarterback admits “It’s a scary deal.’’
On the night of Aug. 16, 2010, the sight of Manning bleeding profusely from a 3-inch gash on his forehead and looking dazed as he jogged off the field during a preseason game against the Jets was a troubling image for the Giants and their fans. Manning’s wound was caused when he was slammed in the head after his helmet had come loose and off during a hit from behind by Jets linebacker Calvin Pace.
Manning needed stitches to close the laceration but was not diagnosed as having a concussion.
“I’ve been fortunate where I haven’t had any,’’ Manning said Monday night, promoting a charity golf tournament for the Guiding Eyes For The Blind. “You try, obviously, to be in the best helmet and have air and you take precautions that way, but once you’re on the field I think the best thing you can do is just play your hardest and hope you don’t take a big hit.
“But if you do, be smart about it and tell the trainers and make sure you’re doing everything you can to try to prevent any damage down the road.’’
Former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner made headlines recently by stating he would not want his sons to play NFL football, fearing for their quality of life because of possible head trauma in the wake of the Saints bounty scandal and the recent suicide of Junior Seau.
Amani Toomer, Warner’s teammate with the Giants in 2004, responded by ripping Warner, saying the former QB “should keep his opinions to himself’’ and adding, “For him trying to trash the game, it seems to me it’s just a little disingenuous.’’
Osi Umenyiora, a newcomer to Twitter, yesterday wrote “Love Toomer that’s my Guy but he is dead wrong for attacking Kurt like that.’’
Umenyiora went on to write football is “an awesome game and has done a lot for me’’ but added, “there is a strong chance [I’ll] be in a wheelchair’’ when he’s 45 years old. Umenyiora said, “If I can avoid that for my son I will but if he wants to play I won’t stop him.’’
Umenyiora, who has experienced hip, knee and ankle issues in his career, later in the day on ESPN said the wheelchair quote was “obviously an exaggeration on my part, at least I hope so.’’Follow @NYPostsports