Eli Manning to undergo ankle surgery


The New York Giants announced quarterback Eli Manning will undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair his injured left ankle Thursday afternoon.

Manning suffered a high-ankle sprain during the Giants’ 2013 season finale against the Washington Redskins. He had hoped he could heal the injury organically, but that has been unsuccessful.

“I went through the recovery and rehab after suffering the sprain,” Manning said in a statement released by the Giants. “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. [Robert] Anderson clean out the ankle.”

Manning said he should be running in about six weeks, but that should cut into the beginning of OTAs during which the Giants offense will start getting acclimated with new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo’s offense. The Giants’ offseason schedule begins on April 21 with the first three-day set of OTAs beginning on May 28.

The Giants currently have two other quarterbacks on the roster in veteran Curtis Painter and second-year pro Ryan Nassib, who they traded up to select in the fourth round of last year’s draft. Painter has eight career starts under his belt, all coming during 2011 with the Indianapolis Colts while Eli’s brother Peyton was out for the season. The Colts lost every game with Painter under center.

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