That ankle injury eventually lead to Manning needing to get arthroscopic surgery this past month and is keeping him on the sidelines for the next couple of weeks, and ultimately, lead to the Giants signing former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Minnesota Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman as insurance for the 2014 season.
But the 33-year-old two-time Super Bowl MVP isn't worried about missing time for the team in the regular season, even though right now, he's not fully participating in the team's voluntary workouts because of the need to recover, but on Tuesday, Manning told the media that his ankle is healing nicely and is fully expecting to be ready for training camp this summer.
"I think I'd be safe to say I'd be 100 percent for the start of training camp. I would hope so."
Manning has been a bit of an ironman since coming into the league back in 2004 and has started in 151 of the 153 games he's played in; the only two he didn't start in were in his rookie season. Manning has been extremely blessed with great health and durability as a professional and his ankle injury was really the first time that he's dealt with anything serious.
For the time being, Manning is walking around the Giants facility in a walking boot, but is not in crutches. Manning did mention that he took a cortisone shot in the ankle before he headed off to Duke to workout with his wide receivers and his brother and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, but said that once the shot wore off, the surgery on the ankle was necessary. But now that it was taken care of, the Giants franchise quarterback is on the road to recovery and has his sights set on the summer time and getting back on the field to get ready for the 2014 season.
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