EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Eli Manning said he has a lot of good years of football left and he hopes to continue playing them with the New York Giants.
The 33-year-old quarterback and New Orleans native said Monday that he still loves what he is doing after 11 seasons, two NFL titles and two Super Bowl MVP awards.
The past couple of months have been tough for Manning and the Giants (3-7). They have lost five straight games and it looks as if they will miss the playoffs for a third straight season.
Manning had his worst game of the season in a 16-10 loss to San Francisco, throwing a career-tying five interceptions.
“I felt I was throwing the ball, have been throwing the ball accurately and getting a feel for this offense,’ Manning said Wednesday after practice.
“I feel I can still make plays and run around and create plays and make all the throws. I still feel energized every week and work extremely hard and love what I’m doing. I don’t take it for granted at all, and feel I can play at an extremely high level and take over games and do my job.”
TATE CLAIMED OFF WAIVERS: In Eden Prarie, Minn., the Minnesota Vikings claimed running back Ben Tate off waivers from the Cleveland Browns.
Tate was signed Wednesday, when running backs Matt Asiata (concussion) and Jerick McKinnon (lower back injury) both were held out of practice. The move also came the day after the NFL announced a suspension of running back Adrian Peterson for the rest of the season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.
Tate was the featured ball carrier for a while this season while he was healthy, but his playing time dwindled as rookies Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West emerged. Tate signed as a free agent with the Browns after four years with the Houston Texans.
The Vikings waived tight end MarQueis Gray.
TEAM RACING CLOCK TO CLEAR SNOW-FILLED STADIUM: In Buffalo, N.Y., the Buffalo Bills are snowed in, and it’s unclear whether they’ll be able to clear 4 feet of snow at Ralph Wilson Stadium in time to host the New York Jets on Sunday.
And there’s more snow in the forecast, with projections of between 1 and 2 feet to fall by Thursday night.
Bills Vice President of Operations Andy Major told reporters Wednesday it’s hard to tell whether the field will be cleared.
Major said it usually takes three days to clear a 1-foot snowfall. The snow removal has already begun, and Major hopes to round up 500 people working three shifts around the clock to clear the facility.
The team has stayed in constant contact with the NFL, which will have the final say on whether to postpone the game or have it played elsewhere.
Around the league
Browns Pro Bowl wide receiver Josh Gordon practiced Wednesday for the first time since his 10-game suspension ended. ... The NFL fined Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch $50,000 for violations of the league’s media policy. Along with the $50,000 for violating the NFL Media Policy this year, the league is collecting a $50,000 fine that was imposed against Lynch for violations last season. ... Philip Rivers was listed on the Chargers’ practice report as having a chest injury, but coach Mike McCoy said the quarterback will play Sunday against St. Louis.