New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle Thursday, according to a report from the NY Daily News. The surgery will require 6-8 weeks of recovery time. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, NC.
“I think it’s smart to get this procedure done now so the ankle isn’t an ongoing issue. I’m eager to get to work with our new offensive coaches and system.” Manning said.
“I went through the recovery and rehab after suffering the sprain,” he said. “I was still experiencing some discomfort as I began my normal offseason preparation, and after consultation, we felt the right thing was to have Dr. Anderson clean out the ankle.”
Manning suffered a high ankle sprain in the Giants season finale against Redskins. The Giants start their off-season OTA program late April, which Manning still plans to be present for despite the surgery. “I’m looking forward to the start of the offseason program on the 21st,” he said. “I will be in the weight room and in the meeting rooms, so we can all learn the new offense.”
It’s a little puzzling why Manning didn’t have the surgery performed sooner rather than waiting until 11 days before OTAs, especially with all the changes the Giants will have on offense next season. Nonetheless, having surgery in April will put Manning well on track to be ready by training camp, assuming there are no setbacks.
Manning is coming off the statistically the worst season of his career. In 2013, Manning completed 57.5% of his passes for 3,818 yards with 18 touchdowns — his lowest total since 2005 — and led the NFL with 27 interceptions. The Giants finished the season with a 7-9 record, their first losing season since 2004, Manning’s rookie season.
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