John Fennelly, Lead Writer
What you need to know this morning….
QB Eli Manning underwent a successful procedure (officially being called a “debridement”) on his left ankle yesterday in Charlotte, NC.
The injury occurred during the Giants’ season finale vs the Redskins last Dec 29. With less than a minute remaining in the first half, Manning’s ankle got caught under Washington DL Chris Baker while he was attempting a pass to RB Peyton Hillis. Manning stayed in the game one more play (in which he threw and INT) before realizing he could not continue.
The rehab period for the ankle is set for approximately six weeks, which would take Eli out to May 22. The Giants begin their first leg of OTAs on May 28.
The injury is unrelated to the 2009 bout Eli had with plantar fasciitis, which was in his right foot, by the way.
For those beating the drum for the Giants to throw their hat into the ring for the services of Cleveland Browns’ center Alex Mack….
The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed the transition-tagged Mack to a five-year, $42 million offer sheet. The Browns, who said they would match any offer, are suddenly hedging.
For you math and finance majors out there, the Giants (with less than $4 million in cap space) really have no shot at landing Mack.
The NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah suggested this morning that the Giants could be looking to move up in the first round of the draft to take Michigan OT Taylor Lewan:
“There are three premier tackles in this draft – Greg Robinson for Auburn, Jake Matthews from (Texas) A&M and Taylor Lewan from Michigan. I think the third guy could be Lewan. I think that’s when you see a target for a team to move up to secure him. I look at the New York Giants picking at 12, I don’t think they’d have to move very far, but they could secure a tackle that they so desperately need…”