Giants quarterback Eli Manning to undergo left ankle surgery

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Charlotte, NC, United States (4E Sports) – The New York Giants announced that quarterback Eli Manning will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle Thursday.

In a release, the Giants said Manning is expected to be able to run again in about six weeks.

The procedure, described as a debridement of the ankle, will be performed by foot and ankle specialist Robert Anderson in Charlotte, North Carolina. Manning has been in North Carolina this week working out at Duke with some of his receivers.

Manning suffered a sprained ankle the final game of the 2013 season against the Washington Redskins and has spent the offseason rehabbing it.

“I went through the recovery and rehab after suffering the sprain,” Manning said in the 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 Giants’ offseason program begins April 21. OTA workouts begin May 28, and minicamp is June 17-19. So the six-week timetable would have Manning up and running in time for the bulk of the offseason workouts.

“I’m looking forward to the start of the offseason program on the 21st,” Manning said in the release. “I will be in the weight room and 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.”

Manning has not missed a game since becoming the Giants’ starting quarterback midway through his rookie season in 2004.

Manning’s 151 consecutive starts rate as the longest active streak in the NFL following the retirement of Washington’s London Fletcher, and it is the third-longest by a quarterback in league history.

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