Eli Manning isn’t likely to do much over the next three months as he recovers from surgery 12 days ago on his ankle, but the New York Giants quarterback is expected to be ready by the start of training camp — and he promises he’ll reinvent himself.
Manning spoke publicly Tuesday about why he waited to have surgery on the ankle, which he injured in the season finale against the Washington Redskins. He also disputed reports that he’d gotten hurt in a pickup basketball game at Duke University.
“You know, I think I could be safe to say I should be 100 percent by training camp,” Manning said. “I would hope so. I would think for sure I’d be ready to go for training camp.”
Manning and his brother, Peyton, work out annually at Duke with receivers from their teams and the surgery had long been scheduled, he said. He’d hoped to let the ankle heal naturally, then tried a cortisone shot that only masked the discomfort.
““We just felt this was the safest bet to go ahead and do the ‘scope [arthroscopic procedure] at this point rather than waiting and seeing how it felt, going through OTAs and mini-camp,” he said. “Then all of a sudden it’s June or July and then you might be missing training camp. We felt this was the safest bet.”
Whenever he returns, he’d like not to repeat the 27-interception horror show of last season. “This is an opportunity to reinvent yourself and to come back and change what occurred last year, some of the difficulties, and bounce back and have a clean slate, prove yourself again and play at a high level.”