Eli hobbles out of his nightmare

Eli Manning's sprained ankle was the final piece of a dreadful Giants season

Updated: December 29, 2013, 8:38 PM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Under a raw and steady rain, fitting conditions for this not-so-fond farewell, Eli Manning wrapped his right arm around a staffer, hobbled off the field and into the tunnel, and reached out wearily with his left hand to find whatever support he could.

Not since Derek Jeter was carried off the Yankee Stadium dirt and out of the 2012 playoffs with a broken ankle did a scene involving one of the biggest stars in the biggest market inspire a similar sense of shock. ...

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