NEW YORK (WFAN) — The thought of backup David Carr starting Sunday for All-Pro quarterback Eli Manning is enough to make Giants fans sick.

Carr might not be so bad under center, but we’re talking about the NFC Championship game. And Eli is, well, Eli.

Manning left Giants practice early Wednesday with what coach Tom Coughlin described as “a stomach bug, hopefully a 24-hour deal.”

Carr admitted it felt “good to get back in there” as he took most of the snaps.

“It was like riding a bike,” he said.

A rusty bike, perhaps. According to the New York Daily News, at one point during practice guard Chris Snee had to turn around and ask Carr, “Are you sure it’s the correct call?”

Uh-oh. But for now, Giants players won’t even entertain the thought of playing against the San Francisco 49ers without Manning.

“Ain’t nothing wrong with his hands or anything. He’s just sick,” wide receiver Mario Manningham said. “Take some meds, he’ll be cool. Eli’s a tough guy. That’s four days from now, it’ll be Sunday. He’ll be good.”

“It’s Eli Manning,” said defensive end Dave Tollefson. “You kidding me? They probably got some type of special virus killer that only Eli Manning can use, or something like that. I’d be sick for two weeks. He’ll be good tomorrow.”

Added Snee: “If there is one guy who can miss a practice Wednesday mentally, it’s No. 10. He was probably in here on Monday and Tuesday looking at film.”

Protecting the quarterback? Snee is taking that to a new level. The guard said he’ll “do whatever it takes” to get Manning at full strength.

“I’m actually going to bring him some soup tomorrow,” Snee said. “Whatever they have in the cafeteria.”

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