The New York Giants will lose Eli Manning for six weeks as the franchise quarterback undergoes surgery which could impact on the Giants preseason preparation.

However the Giants are planning for every eventuality it seems as they could be meeting with free agent Josh Freeman later this week.

Freeman was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers halfway through last season and after appearing just once for the Minnesota Vikings, he was released once again this offseason.

The sixth year quarterback's stats are far from elite with a total of 80 touchdowns and 67 interceptions but he does have 61 NFL appearances and would provide playing experience if required.

The Giants had Curtis Painter as backup last season, with just eight career starts it is unlikely Tom Coughlin would give him the keys.

Of course, Manning will most likely be ready to go by week one. But after a terrible start to 2013, the Giants will want to be ready for any nasty surprises.


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