Eli Manning’s long and distinguished reign as the New York Giants’ starting quarterback is seemingly over. Let the Daniel Jones era begin.
Coach Pat Shurmur announced Tuesday that the No. 6 overall pick in the NFL Draft is replacing the two-time Super Bowl MVP as the Giants’ quarterback, beginning Sunday at Tampa Bay.
The move comes less than 24 hours after Shurmur refused to say Manning would remain the starter following two straight losses, the sixth time in seven years New York has gotten off to a 0-2 start.
The 38-year-old Manning has been the Giants’ starter since replacing Kurt Warner after nine games in the 2004 season, the year Manning was traded to New York by San Diego after it took him with the No. 1 overall pick.
Vinatieri on the job
Adam Vinatieri said he just needed extra time to clear his mind Sunday after missing two more extra points for the Colts, but he never contemplated retirement. Vinatieri told a couple of reporters on his way to the team bus that he would talk Monday. When reminded Colts players do not typically meet with reporters on Mondays, Vinatieri reiterated he would speak Monday. Some thought that meant the 46-year-old Vinatieri might be ready to leave the game. But Vinatieri said he simply needed time to calm down . . . Injured Saints quarterback Drew Brees said he has surgery on his throwing thumb scheduled for Wednesday in Los Angeles. In a text message, Brees said he is ‘‘confident in the surgery that will take place.’’ . . . The Lions released running back C.J. Anderson, quickly cutting ties with a player who helped the Rams reach the Super Bowl last season.