- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Eli Manning has been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, inflamed tissue in his right foot.

The New York Giants quarterback had an MRI on Monday afternoon, and team physician Russell Warren told Manning he could play this weekend against the Oakland Raiders if he could tolerate the pain.

The Giants have listed him as day-to-day with the injury.

Manning has soreness and swelling in the heel and arch area on the bottom of his foot. The injury likely was caused when Manning got up on his toes as he dropped back and attempted to pass to Steve Smith in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game in Kansas City.

RAVENS: Baltimore offensive tackle Jared Gaither could play this Sunday against Cincinnati, depending on the result of an MRI he received Monday.

Coach John Harbaugh said the Ravens are “very hopeful” Gaither can play this week. Harbaugh points out though that it could be two weeks or more before Gaither returns.

RAIDERS: Oakland’s struggling offense will be without starting running back Darren McFadden for the next few weeks.

Coach Tom Cable said McFadden will have surgery Tuesday to repair torn cartilage in his knee. McFadden is expected to miss two to four weeks.

In other news, Napa police have finished their investigation into allegations that Raiders coach Tom Cable assaulted one of his assistants and forwarded the case to county prosecutors.

“We are taking this very seriously,” Napa County District Attorney Gary Lieberstein said, adding that there is no timetable on when the review will be completed.

49ERS: Coach Mike Singletary said San Francisco still would like to have first-round draft pick Michael Crabtree play for the team this season.

Responding to a report that Crabtree and his agent were about to renew negotiations with the team, Singletary said he would not close the door on Crabtree.

Crabtree, the No. 10 overall selection, is the only pick from this year’s NFL Draft to remain unsigned.

BUCCANEERS: Tampa Bay cut kicker Mike Nugent a day after he missed two field goals in a 16-13 loss to the Washington Redskins.

Nugent missed kicks of 49 and 48 yards Sunday and was 2-for-6 on field goal attempts through four games.

LIONS: Coach Jim Schwartz said Matthew Stafford is day-to-day with a knee injury.

Schwartz refused to say Monday whether Stafford’s right kneecap was dislocated, adding “we’ll know more” on Wednesday.

COLTS: Defensive end Dwight Freeney hopes to play at Tennessee despite having soreness in his right leg.

The former league sacks champ was on the field for about 20 plays Sunday against Seattle after straining his right quadriceps a week earlier at Arizona.

COWBOYS: Safety Gerald Sensabaugh will have surgery to repair a broken plate in his right thumb and could be out up to a month.

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