- The Washington Times - Monday, November 30, 2009

From combined dispatches

Giants quarterback Eli Manning has developed a stress reaction in his right foot that eventually could lead to further injuries that 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 since hurting his 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.

The stress reaction was first reported by ESPN.com.

EAGLES: Wide receiver DeSean Jackson suffered a concussion against the Redskins on Sunday in Philadelphia.

Jackson left the game after he was hit on a catch late in the third quarter. The Eagles originally said Jackson suffered head and neck injuries.

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

Tight end Brent Celek also 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.

Reid did not comment on Celek’s thumb.

CARDINALS: Quarterback Kurt Warner didn’t play against the Titans as a precaution a week after hitting his head against the turf. That gave Matt Leinart his first start since 2007.

Warner practiced throughout the week and had been listed as questionable. But the Cardinals host the Minnesota Vikings on Dec. 6 in a key NFC game. So coach Ken Whisenhunt played it safe and deactivated Warner, snapping the quarterback’s starts streak at 41.

LEAGUE: Commissioner Roger Goodell reportedly will expand restrictions on returning to games for players who suffer head trauma.

Fox Sports reported 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 medical staff determines the player lost consciousness, in which case he is ruled out for the remainder of the game.

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