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September 19, 2012

Giants' Manning says take-a-knee agreements exist, but don't look for one between Cowboys and Bucs

Eli Manning told a New York radio station that he’ll tell the other team when he’s taking a knee.

But when it comes to the Cowboys and Bucs on Sunday, there won’t be any kind of agreement about what to do in victory formation if the game comes down to that.

“We won’t make an agreement,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said this week. “We will just be aware of what happened in the past and make sure we handle it the right way on our end.”

Manning, the New York Giants quarterback, and his coach and teammates were upset about the Bucs’ aggressive tactics as the Giants were trying to run out the clock last week.

Manning said that’s not the way things are usually done.

“A lot of teams will ask in those situations, 'Are you taking a knee?' and I will tell them 'Hey, we're taking a knee. ... We're not firing off,’ ” Manning told WFAN. “We don't tell our lineman to fire off and hit them on that last play.”

Tampa coach Greg Schiano told Dallas reporters Wednesday that the play is in the playbook, and if he wants to use it again, it will be his decision.

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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