In the season finale last year, New York Giants versed the Washington Redskins and won the game 20-6. Unfortunately for Eli Manning, he would suffer what was called a “high ankle sprain” at the time, and not serious. Surgery was not thought to be required.
On Thursday, April 10 2014, Manning underwent arthroscopic surgery to fully repair damages on his left ankle. According to NFL reports, the surgery was a success.
“I went through the recovery and rehab after suffering the sprain. 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.”
While the NFL regular season doesn’t begin until September, offseason workouts and OTAs are starting up soon. It would have been a lot more convenient if the surgery was completed months ago, as the injury occurred in late December. Backup quarterback Ryan Nassib, (who was drafted in the fourth round) will get good playing time over the next few months. Some wild rumors have even speculated that Eli hurt his ankle playing basketball at Duke, but the Giants have denied that. Manning is expected to miss six weeks.
Since entering the NFL in 2004, Manning has not missed a single game. Manning has started 151 consecutive games, which is the longest streak among active quarterbacks. He still has quite a bit to go to catch Brett Favre at 297.