Two months removed from an ankle surgery that was supposed to sideline him for at least six weeks, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning has not only managed to participate in the team's Organized Team Activities (OTAs), but said on Monday that he'd be able to suit up and play in a game if Big Blue had one tomorrow.
“Yeah, [I'm] 100%,” Manning said at The Guiding Eyes For The Blind golf tournament at Mt. Kisco Country Club in Westchester. “The ankle, I don’t think about it, don’t notice it. I go about practice and do everything and they’re not even worried about it. So, it hasn’t been an issue. No question I could play tomorrow.”
It's not just returning to OTAs far sooner than expected that's been impressive; it's that Manning hasn't been hampered at all. In fact, he's taken all of, if not more of the snaps he normally would have in any other year. And that's why they call him Iron Man.
“All the OTAs, I’ve taken all the reps that I would normally take in a typical scenario,” he said.
Manning originally suffered the high ankle sprain last season in a Week 17 game against the Washington Redskins — a game many fans felt he should not have been involved in. He then underwent arthroscopic surgery on April 10th before returning on day one of Organized Team Activities.
With London Fletcher's recent retirement, Manning is now the NFL's active leader in consecutive starts (151 regular season games, 11 playoff games — 162 total consecutive starts).
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