is expected to be sidelined for six weeks. (Guillermo Hernandez Martinez for SI)
During the New York Giants season finale against the Washington Redskins, quarterback Eli Manning suffered a nasty high ankle sprain, but the belief was the former Ole Miss star would be able to avoid surgery.
Unfortunately that hasn't proven to be the case as Manning will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle Thursday.
Manning and the Giants had decided to rehab the injury, but the signal caller was still experiencing pain. Wanting to make sure he was completely healthy for the upcoming season, Manning opted to go under the knife.
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It's expected that Manning will be able to run in about six weeks. He is expected to be completely healthy come training camp. Manning's status for the mandatory Giants minicamp (June 17-19) is unknown.
He explained the decision to Giants.com on Thursday morning.
“I went through the recovery and rehab after suffering the sprain,” said Manning. “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.”