AROUND THE NFL Wednesday’s news & notes
Eli Manning back as starting quarterback
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.
Two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning is back as the New York Giants’ starting quarterback.
A week after being benched by former coach Ben McAdoo, Manning was put back into the starting lineup for Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys by interim coach Steve Spagnuolo.
“Eli Manning will be the quarterback for the football team in this game,” Spagnuolo said.
The move was not announced by Spagnuolo until after practice Wednesday, but the first hint came when the 36-year-old Manning took the first snap when the offense went to work.
Of course, his teammates appeared to tease him as he entered the huddle.
Manning had started 210 consecutive games over the past 13-plus season until being replaced by Geno Smith against Oakland last week. The streak was the second longest in NFL history, only surpassed by Brett Favre (297).
Hall of Famer Moon sued for harassment
Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon has been accused of sexual harassment by an assistant for his sports marketing firm, according to a lawsuit filed in California.
The civil lawsuit was filed on Monday in Orange County Superior Court. According to court documents, Wendy Haskell alleges Moon made “unwanted and unsolicited” sexual advances as part of her role as his assistant working for Sports 1 Marketing. Moon is the co-founder and president of the company. The Washington Post first reported on the lawsuit on Wednesday.
Moon played parts of 17 seasons in the NFL with four teams: Houston, Minnesota, Seattle and Kansas City. He threw for 49,325 yards and 291 touchdowns in the regular season and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2006.
Moon is also a radio commentator for the Seattle Seahawks. The team was aware of the lawsuit but had no additional comment.
Wildfire forces team to practice indoors
THOUSAND OAKS, CALIF.
The Los Angeles Rams decided not to practice outdoors due to poor air quality around their training complex in Ventura County, where a wildfire has burned more than 100 square miles.
The Rams’ complex is about 25 miles from the blaze, but the resulting smoke caused enough problems in air quality Wednesday to persuade the Rams to skip practice in favor of a walk-through indoors at nearby Cal Lutheran University.
Coach Sean McVay says if the air quality is still poor Thursday, the Rams will practice at the University of Southern California in downtown Los Angeles.
The Rams (9-3) are preparing for an important showdown Sunday with the Philadelphia Eagles (10-2) at the Coliseum. The fires aren’t expected to affect the game.
Rookie cornerback King out for season
GREEN BAY, Wis.
Kevin King’s season is over after the Green Bay Packers placed the rookie cornerback on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.
King was inactive two of the past three games because of the injury that had lingered all season.
The 6-foot-3 King had played well in spurts, giving the Packers a mix of height and speed that they had been lacking at cornerback to play effective press coverage.
He was the team’s top draft pick this year as the first selection of the second round — the 33rd overall pick — out of Washington. King made 27 tackles and defended five passes in nine games as a rookie, making five starts.