- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Eli Manning’s teammates expect he’ll make his 83rd consecutive start Sunday.

Manning had an MRI on his right foot Monday, which revealed he has plantar fasciitis, an inflammation and swelling of the tissue on the bottom of the foot.

The Giants listed Manning as “day to day.” But Manning has started 82 consecutive games in the past five seasons, and his teammates believe he’ll be out there for a home game against Oakland.

“Eli’s a tough guy,” receiver Domenik Hixon said Tuesday. “Just from what I’ve seen and heard, he’ll be out there. As soon as he gets on the field, he stays there. He’s a competitor.”

RATINGS: Brett Favre’s matchup with his former team attracted the largest cable television audience ever.

His Minnesota Vikings’ 30-23 victory over the Green Bay Packers on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” was watched by more than 21.8 million viewers.

RAVENS: Baltimore placed linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo on the injured reserve list and filled his spot on the roster by signing linebacker Prescott Burgess.

Ayanbadejo tore his left quadriceps Sunday against New England. A three-time special teams Pro Bowl selection, Ayanbadejo has six special teams tackles this season.

49ERS: Three top San Francisco executives met with unsigned receiver Michael Crabtree and his agent.

Team spokesman Bob Lange confirmed the meeting but said the 49ers would not get into particulars of discussions or negotiations.

STEELERS: Safety Troy Polamalu is expected to practice on a limited basis Wednesday for the first time since tearing the MCL in his left knee Sept. 10 against Tennessee - an injury that could have sidelined him until midseason.

RAIDERS: NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the league is watching as authorities investigate reports that Oakland coach Tom Cable assaulted one of his assistants.

Goodell said the league will speak to the coach when the appropriate time comes. He said the league wants to make sure it understands all the facts of the case before commenting.

BROWNS: The NFL is investigating whether receiver Braylon Edwards violated the league’s conduct policy following accusations he assaulted a man outside a nightclub.

Edwards is said to have punched promoter Edward Givens, a friend of NBA star LeBron James, early Monday morning following an argument in downtown Cleveland.

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