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Eli Manning on his ankle: 'I should be 100 percent by training camp'

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Eli Manning expects to be back by training camp. (USATSI)
Eli Manning expects to be back by training camp. (USATSI)

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Giants quarterback Eli Manning underwent a surprising ankle surgery earlier this month, stemming from a late-season injury that never quite healed on its own. The recovery time is supposed to take six weeks, meaning Manning probably won't be fully prepared for OTAs and mini-camps.

But as for training camp, Manning is pretty sure he'll be ready to go.

"You know, I think I could be safe to say I should be 100 percent by training camp," Manning said Tuesday, via the NY Daily News. "I would hope so. I would think for sure I'd be ready to go for training camp."

Manning was wearing a walking boot on his left foot, and he also addressed the question of why he would wait four months into the offseason before finally getting the arthroscopic surgery.

"We just felt this was the safest bet to go ahead and do the scope at this point, rather than waiting and seeing how it felt, going through OTAs and mini-camp," he said. "Then all of a sudden its June or July and then you might be missing training camp. We felt this was the safest bet. This will insure that I'm back 100 percent by training camp."

All of which, I suppose, is good news for Ryan Nassib and/or the newly-signed Josh Freeman, both of whom likely will get plenty of more reps without Manning around to practice. Conversely and unfortunately for the Giants, it's probably not great news for new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo that his franchise quarterback won't be practicing the team's new scheme.

 
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