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Eli Manning to go undergo ankle procedure, out for 6 weeks

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

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In the final week of the 2013 season, the Giants managed to beat the Redskins even though quarterback Eli Manning missed the second half with an ankle injury.

The team termed it a sprain, but more than three months later, the Giants announced that Manning would undergo an arthroscopic procedure on that left ankle Thursday afternoon. The procedure, the team says, is a debridement of the ankle.

“I went through the recovery and rehab after suffering the sprain,” said Manning in a statement. “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. 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 [of April].

"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.”

The team's first OTAs begin May 28, so it seems like there's a chance Manning could have some sort of participation in practice by then.

Until then, Manning will have to work with new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo and new quarterbacks coach Danny Langsdorf without actually putting on his pads.

Eli Manning says he'll be out the next six weeks. (USATSI)
Eli Manning says he'll be out the next six weeks. (USATSI)

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