While it seems less than ideal following the New York Giants’ terrible 2013 campaign, Eli Manning undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle is far from a concern for the G-Men.
Manning suffered the injury in Week 17 of the 2013 season, but after experiencing discomfort at the start of his offseason preparation, decided to go under the knife to fix the issue. The surgery is expected to sideline him for about six weeks, at which time he’ll be able to start running. If all goes as planned, Manning won’t miss any bit of training camp.
While it seems problematic on the surface, this is relatively a non-issue for the Giants.
They have a roster to rebuild, a defense that needs a serious upgrade or two at linebacker and with depth in general. The receiving unit is a mess, and they’re bringing in a new starting running back. Plus, the offensive line is always a concern for the Giants. Basically, Tom Coughlin has his hands full this offseason with creating some job security moving forward – Manning is the least of his concerns.
Even with new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo coming aboard, Manning should have no problem learning the new playbook. The 10-year NFL veteran is a smart, instinctive player who should catch on quickly.
For those Giants fans out there who think it’s time to hit the panic button, pull back on the reins a bit. Manning is one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL despite a wretched 2013 showing, and should be back at it in no time. If you want to worry about something, worry about the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft and what the Giants are planning to do with their picks.
Just let Manning be Manning.