Giants’ Shur­mur still be­lieves in Man­ning

The Oklahoman - - COLLEGE KICKOFF -

De­spite mount­ing losses and a first sea­son quickly turn­ing into a mess, Pat Shur­mur is stick­ing with Eli Man­ning as the New York Giants quar­ter­back.

Shur­mur never hes­i­tated Fri­day when asked if he was con­sid­er­ing a change in the wake of a 34-13 loss to the Philadel­phia Ea­gles that dropped New York to 1-5.

"We be­lieve in Eli," Shur­mur said.

It was as sim­ple as that. There will be no change to ei­ther vet­eran Alex Tan­ney or rookie Kyle Lauletta.

Shur­mur ac­knowl­edged Man­ning made some mis­takes in the loss Thurs­day night at MetLife Sta­dium, but so did a lot of other play­ers.

When he was pressed about whether he would give Lauletta a chance to play if the sea­son slipped away, Shur­mur stopped the ques­tion.

"Lis­ten, we're not talk­ing about a quar­ter­back change," Shur­mur said.

49ers apol­o­gize for leav­ing Kaeper­nick pho­tos out of gallery

The San Fran­cisco 49ers are apol­o­giz­ing for ini­tially leav­ing Colin Kaeper­nick out of a photo gallery cel­e­brat­ing the team's his­tory against the Green Bay Pack­ers.

The team posted dozens of pho­tos on its web­site of past games against the Pack­ers be­fore the teams meet again Mon­day night with­out ini­tially in­clud­ing any of Kaeper­nick.

The 49ers say in a state­ment that "un­for­tu­nately there were a hand­ful of ob­vi­ous misses in this gallery" and "we ap­pre­ci­ate them be­ing brought to our at­ten­tion."

Kaeper­nick set an NFL record for quar­ter­backs by rush­ing for 181 yards in a play­off win against Green Bay on Jan. 12, 2013. He threw for 413 yards in a sea­son-open­ing win against the Pack­ers in 2013, and led a win­ning drive to win a play­off game in Green Bay on Jan. 5, 2014.

The team later added pho­tos of Kaeper­nick to the gallery.

Jaguars sign for­mer Giants tackle Flow­ers

The Jaguars have signed for­mer New York Giants of­fen­sive tackle Ereck Flow­ers and placed left tackle Josh Wells on in­jured re­serve with a groin in­jury. Flow­ers was waived by the Giants on Tues­day af­ter he failed to live up to lofty ex­pec­ta­tions. He was the ninth over­all pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

The move Fri­day re­unites Flow­ers with Tom Cough­lin, the Jaguars' ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of foot­ball op­er­a­tions who was the Giants' coach when Flow­ers was drafted. Jack­sonville of­fen­sive line coach Pat Fla­herty served in the same role in New York dur­ing Flow­ers' rookie sea­son. The Jaguars are down both Wells and Cam Robin­son at left tackle, and will start Josh Walker at Dal­las. Flow­ers could take over as early as next week against Hous­ton.

Trainer’s room

•Mi­ami Dol­phins quar­ter­back Ryan Tan­nehill is ques­tion­able for Sun­day's game against the Chicago Bears with a throw­ing shoul­der in­jury that first both­ered him last month.

Brock Osweiler or David Fales would start if Tan­nehill can't play.

•Cleve­land Browns rookie wide re­ceiver Der­rick Willies broke his col­lar­bone in prac­tice Fri­day and will miss Sun­day's game against the Los An­ge­les Charg­ers and likely sev­eral more.

Willies came off the bench last week af­ter Rashard Hig­gins in­jured his right knee. Both Willies and Hig­gins will miss this week's game.

•The in­jury plagued At­lanta Fal­cons will be with­out de­fen­sive tackle Grady Jar­rett (an­kle) and run­ning back Devonta Free­man (foot) for Sun­day's game against the Tampa Bay Buc­ca­neers.

•Chiefs wide re­ceiver

DeAn­thony Thomas frac­tured his leg dur­ing prac­tice and could miss the rest of the sea­son, the lat­est in a string of in­juries to be­fall the un­beaten team.

The Chiefs also listed

Justin Hous­ton as doubt­ful for Sun­day's game in New Eng­land with a ham­string in­jury. Safety

Eric Mur­ray is out with an an­kle in­jury.


Philadel­phia Ea­gles de­fen­sive end Michael Ben­nett, left, strips the ball from New York Giants quar­ter­back Eli Man­ning dur­ing the first half Thurs­day in East Ruther­ford, N.J.

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