Eli Manning undergoes surgery to clean up his ankle

Eli Manning looks on from the bench during

Eli Manning looks on from the bench during the second half of a game against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, November 24 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

The wounds of 2013 still linger. Months after the Giants finished the disappointing season, Eli Manning had a successful procedure on his left ankle to remedy the injury that knocked him out of the regular-season finale.

Dr. Robert Anderson performed an arthroscopic debridement in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday afternoon -- a procedure known colloquially as a "cleanup" -- and the quarterback is expected to recover in about six weeks.

If that timeline holds true, Manning will be available for OTAs, which begin May 28.

"I went through the recovery and rehab after suffering the sprain," Manning said of the injury that ended his season. "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 Giants begin their voluntary offseason program April 21, but most of that phase is concentrated on strength and conditioning. This year it also will be spent learning the new offense under coordinator Ben McAdoo.

"I will be in the weight room and in the meeting rooms so we can all learn the new offense," Manning said.

Manning spent time at Duke this week working with Giants receivers Victor Cruz and Mario Manningham along with his brother Peyton and receivers from the Broncos. It's a regular part of Eli's offseason.

"I got some good work in this week at Duke, and I think it's smart to get this procedure done now so the ankle isn't an ongoing issue," he said. "I'm eager to get to work with our new offensive coaches and system."

Manning has started 151 consecutive regular-season games, the longest active streak in the NFL. There is no reason to think this procedure will endanger that streak, but it could be the end of Manning's incredible run as the Iron Man of the Giants. Despite injuries to his shoulder and foot in the past, this is believed to be the first time Manning has had surgery during his 10-season NFL career.

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