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Condo signs with 49ers; Giants bench Mannning

From Mirror, wire reports

SAN FRANCISCO – Jon Condo, a Philipsburg-Osceola graduate, and long-time snapper in the National Football League, signed with the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday.

The 49ers, 2-0, host the 0-2 Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday.

Condo, 38 and a two-time Pro Bowler, was with the Atlanta Falcons toward the end of the 2018 season. He was signed by the Dallas Cowboys after the 2005 NFL draft as a free agent out of Maryland.

From 2006-2017, he was with the Oakland Raiders.

The 49ers waived long snapper Colin Holba, who was filling in for Kyle Nelson, who is currently serving a 10-game suspension by the NFL. Nelson still has four games remaining on the suspension. The 49ers signed him to a four-year contract extension through 2022.

New York Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — 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.

Manning led the Giants to Super Bowl titles following the 2007 and ’11 seasons, beating Tom Brady and the Patriots both times.

“Eli and I spoke this morning,” Shurmur said. “I told him that we are making a change and going with Daniel as the starter. I also talked to Daniel. Eli was obviously disappointed, as you would expect, but he said he would be what he has always been, a good teammate, and continue to prepare to help this team win games. Daniel understands the challenge at hand, and he will be ready to play on Sunday.”

The Giants players had Tuesday off and Manning was not available for comment.

Manning is in the final year of a four-year, $84 million contract that includes a no-trade clause. His salary cap hit this season is $23.2 million.

In two games, Manning completed 56 of 89 passes for 556 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions for a passer rating of 78.7. But the Giants have scored only four touchdowns, despite averaging 420 yards.

Elsewhere:

n New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold says he’s feeling much better while recovering from mononucleosis and hopes to return to the field in Week 5 of the season against the Philadelphia Eagles. Darnold says Tuesday during his weekly spot on “The Michael Kay Show” on 98.7 ESPN New York that he has lost only about 2 pounds while recuperating. It was Darnold’s first public comments since becoming ill. Darnold watched New York’s 23-3 loss to Cleveland on Monday night at his home and says he screamed and punched his pillow when quarterback Trevor Siemian went down with an ankle injury. Siemian will be sidelined for the rest of the season with an ankle injury, and third-stringer Luke Falk will start for New York at New England on Sunday.

n Injured New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees says he has surgery on his throwing thumb scheduled for today in Los Angeles. In a text message to news outlets including The Associated Press, Brees says he is “confident in the surgery that will take place” and that he’ll dedicate himself to a rehabilitation process to get back to playing as quickly as he can. Brees’ rehabilitation is estimated to take about six weeks, but that timeline could change after surgery.

n Jalen Ramsey arrived for the season in the back of an armored truck , sending a clear message to the Jacksonville Jaguars about his worth. It would be fitting if he departed in a dump truck, assuming the Jaguars (0-2) unload their disgruntled defender. Without saying why or providing much insight, Ramsey confirmed Tuesday that he wants out of Jacksonville and said he doesn’t want to be a distraction as Jacksonville prepares to host Tennessee (1-1) on Thursday night. He said his angst has nothing to do with the franchise declining to offer him a contract extension before this season, but hinted that the coaching staff has failed to use him properly.

n The New England Patriots have placed left tackle Isaiah Wynn on injured reserve, marking the latest blow to an already injury-riddled offensive line. Wynn suffered a foot injury in the first quarter of New England’s 43-0 win at Miami on Sunday and did not return to the game. The Patriots filled Wynn’s roster spot Tuesday by signing veteran lineman Caleb Benenoch, who has played in 35 games with 22 starts for Tampa Bay over the past four seasons. It is part of a string of injuries to hit the Patriots’ starting offensive line this season. Center David Andrews began the season on injured reserve after blood clots were discovered in his lungs. In addition, starting right tackle Marcus Cannon did not play against the Dolphins as he continues to recover from the shoulder injury he sustained during the Patriots’ season opener. Marshall Newsome, who was signed last week, started in Cannon’s place against Miami.

n Adam Vinatieri says he just needed extra time to clear his mind Sunday night after missing two more extra points in the Indianapolis Colts’ victory at Tennessee but he never contemplated retirement. Speculation began swirling around the NFL’s career scoring leader following an unusual postgame situation. After leaving the locker room before taking questions, Vinatieri told a couple of reporters on his way to the team bus he would talk Monday. When reminded Colts players do not typically meet with reporters on Mondays, Vinatieri reiterated he would speak Monday.

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