In a surprising bit of news, the New York Giants announced that quarterback Eli Manning was to undergo a debridement of his left ankle this afternoon in Charlotte, NC. Dr. Robert Anderson will perform the procedure.
“I went through the recovery and rehab after suffering the sprain,” Manning said in a statement released by the team.
“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 went on to say that he was advised by the doctor that he should be able to begin running “in about six weeks.”
Meanwhile, the surgery will not keep the veteran quarterback from attending the start of the team’s offseason program, Phase I of which commences on April 21 at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford.
“I’m looking forward to the start of the offseason program on the 21st,” Manning said. “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.”
Manning originally suffered a left high ankle sprain in the Giants’ regular season finale against Washington, an injury that left him on crutches and in a walking boot.
He had been at Duke University this week getting some work in with receivers Victor Cruz and Mario Manningham, his older brother Peyton and a couple of Denver receivers to work with David Cutliffe on running some passing drills.
According to a tweet by ESPN, the Manning party posed for a picture on the hardwood after allegedly playing a game of basketball. However, it’s not known if Manning actually took part in the game or if the game was actually played
Phase I of the offseason program begins on April 21 and will run for two weeks. Phase 2, where the position coaches can work with the players, but no offense vs. defense drills, starts the week of May 7 with OTAs and runs for three weeks.
The Giants’ OTAs, or Phase 3 of the offseason program, begin after Memorial Day.