Eli Manning to have ankle surgery

manning6New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning will be having surgery on his left ankle to repair an injury that he suffered last December in the Giants last game of the season against the Washington Redskins. Manning, 33, took a big hit in the game, and came up limping. He attempted to rehab the injury for the past three months, but it’s failed to respond to normal rehab methods. Manning is still feeling pain in the ankle, and that’s what led him to take the surgical route.

Manning will be operated on by Dr. Robert Anderson, a foot expert, and it’s expected that the 6’4″ Manning should be able to start running within a month and a half.

Manning is coming off a poor season in 2013 in which he completed just 57.5 percent of his throws with a passing rating of 69.4. He had 27 passes intercepted, and threw only 18 touchdowns. His accuracy was poor all year long, and he looked nothing like the player who had led the Giants to two Super Bowl victories (XLII, XLVI), and was a two-time MVP in the Super Bowl.

“I went through the recovery and rehab after suffering the sprain,” Manning said to Giants.com. “I was still experiencing some discomfort as I began my normal off season 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.”

It could be that Mannings’ ankle is the least of his worries if he doesn’t improve next season with his throwing ability, as he’s getting up there in age at 33, and the Giants can’t afford to have a quarterback playing as poorly as Manning did in 2013. The Giants have the No.12 pick in the 1st round in the 2014 NFL draft, and they would be smart to think about using that pick to select one of the top quarterbacks in the draft.

Even if Manning odes turn things around and play well during the 2014 season, he’s still soon to be 34, and he likely won’t be playing too much longer. The Giants need to draft a quarterback now and start grooming hmi as the eventual replacement for Manning.