Manning set for six week spell on sidelines during off-season.
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle, and is expected to be ruled out of any off-season activities for six weeks.
Manning sprained his ankle in the final game of the 2013 season against the Washington Redskins and while he has spent the off-season in rehabilitation, he revealed in a release that he will likely now be unable to run for another six weeks.
The procedure was described as a “debridement of the ankle”, and there are no overlaying concerns that there will be any on-going issues after the surgery.
The Giants start their off-season program on April 21 ahead of OTA workouts starting on May 28 and then their mini-camp is between June 17-19. As a result, the six-week recovery timetable would have Manning back up and running in time for the majority of the off-season work.
However, it will be vital for Manning to return to full practice as soon as possible given the fact that he will be working with a new offensive coordinator this season in Ben McAdoo, and the pair will undoubtedly benefit from the maximum time possible working together ahead of the new campaign.
“I went through the recovery and rehab after suffering the sprain,” Manning said in the release, as reported by ESPN.
“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 revealed that he will still be present in the weight room and meeting rooms to do all he can from a fitness point of view and to also spend time with the offensive team, while he insisted that he was able to get in some good work in Duke where he had spent the past week working out with some of his receivers.
The 33-year-old has not missed a game since becoming the Giants’ starting quarterback midway through his rookie season in 2004, with his 151 consecutive starts sitting as the longest active streak in the NFL and the third longest by a quarterback in NFL history.