East Rutherford, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning had successful arthroscopic surgery on Thursday to clean out his left ankle.
Manning suffered a high left ankle sprain in the regular-season finale last December against Washington and tried to rehabilitate the injury the last three months.
"I went through the recovery and rehab after suffering the sprain," said Manning on Thursday. "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. Anderson clean out the ankle. The doc tells me I should be running in about six weeks."
Manning will be learning a new offense this spring and summer under new coordinator Ben McAdoo. The team's offseason program is set to begin April 21. He could be ready, under a six-week timetable for the first OTAs, which are scheduled for May 28-30.
"I think it's smart to get this procedure done now so the ankle isn't an ongoing issue," Manning added. "I'm eager to get to work with our new offensive coaches and system."
Manning had a down season in 2013, throwing for 3,818 yards with 18 touchdowns and a league-high 27 interceptions.