Giants QB Eli Manning plans to play against Ravens

By The Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning plans to play this weekend against the Ravens.

Manning, a former Ole Miss standout, says he feels fine after the 12 stitches in the left side of his forehead were removed. He plans to practice wearing a baseball cap Monday and says he’s absolutely certain he’ll be playing Saturday in Baltimore.

The quarterback had the stitches in his head for only four days. He says the three-inch gash has healed. He plans to wear a small bandage at practice.

The team plans to add a little extra padding to his helmet to protect the wound, which occurred last Monday when Manning was hit after his helmet was knocked off in a game against the Jets.