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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning reportedly wouldn’t be into the team starting him for one last time.

Eli Manning hasn’t started a game for the New York Giants since Week 2 of this season, back on Sept. 15. Ever since, Big Blue has gone with rookie quarterback Daniel Jones, who’s had an up-and-down start to his pro career.

But does that mean Eli’s career is absolutely finished?

Now that the team is 2-8, and all but mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, does starting Eli for one last game make a difference? Does throwing him in for one last time during their Week 17 home matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles change the narrative of this organization?

Not exactly, but it’s still something Manning wouldn’t want.

“Eli’s not into playing that game,” one insider close to him says, per Paul Schwartz of the New York Post. “He’s into playing the game the way it’s supposed to be played.”

That last line pertains to the Giants keeping their newly-drafted quarterback in the spot that he’s in, regardless of the circumstances. It pertains to the team and that coaching staff, who could be holding on for dear life right now, giving Jones as much experience as possible.

This includes playing in a Week 17 game that’ll most likely turn out to be meaningless for Big Blue.

So does Eli just say no? There are three home games left for New York, so one of these weeks we’ll receive the answer. Most likely that final home game on Dec. 29.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.