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Giants Vs. Packers, 2012 NFC Championship Game: Eli Manning Leaves Practice Due To Illness

Not what the New York Giants wanted prior to Sunday's 2012 NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers: a stomach bug for Eli Manning.

The Giants quarterback left practice early on Wednesday with an illness, but did attend team meetings in the afternoon.

Coach Tom Coughlin said the team is hoping it's "just a 24-hour bug," and wide receiver Mario Manningham did not sound worried when asked about Manning's status.

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"He’s going to be alright. He’s sick," receiver Mario Manningham said. "There ain’t nothing wrong with his hands or nothing. He’s just sick. He’ll take some meds, he’ll be cool. Eli’s a tough guy. That’s four days from now it’ll be Sunday. He’ll be cool."

Manning, who has started in 128 straight games including the postseason, is expected to return to practice on Thursday. David Carr received first-team reps in Manning's absence.

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