7:06 p.m.: Eli Manning had a successful arthroscopic procedure on his left ankle this afternoon, the Giants announced.
The surgery stems from the high ankle sprain Manning suffered in the final game of the 2013 season.
The procedure, a debridement of the ankle, was performed by foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C, the team said.
“I went through the recovery and rehab after suffering the sprain,” Manning said in a release. “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. The doc tells me I should be running in about six weeks. I’m looking forward to the start of the offseason program on the 21st. I will be in the weight room and in the meeting rooms so we can all learn the new offense. I got some good work in this week at Duke, and 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.”
John Fennelly, Lead WriterManning should be rounding out his rehab approximately a week before the Giants begin their first leg of OTAs on May 28. It may delay, however, his new on-field relationship with new OC Ben McAdoo and QB coach Danny Langsdorf.
The injury, as I have stated in prior posts, was more serious than many had thought. Tom Coughlin said at the NFL Combine in mid-March that Eli was still recovering, which pretty much told you the injury was severe and/or still lingering. Had the injury happened earlier in the season than it did, Eli’s consecutive starting streak (now at 151 games) would have certainly come to an end.
What does this mean to the Giants and their fans? It reveals that Eli is not invincible and the Giants have to be certain they have a viable backup on the roster. Curtis Painter is back (I know, so what?). So is Ryan Nassib, who needs to show massive progress this offseason for the Giants to even consider keeping him. He’s gone from coveted asset to impending bust in a hurry.