Giants quarterback Eli Manning revealed encouraging morsels regarding the condition of his surgically repaired ankle at “The Guiding Eyes For The Blind” golf tournament on Monday. When asked if his ankle was strong enough to suit up tomorrow, Manning offered up this response courtesy of the New York Daily News:
Yeah, 100%, yeah. 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.”
While Manning certainly has his “kryptonite” moments on the gridiron, in terms of body recovery… he really is Superman. Exactly two months removed from April 10th arthroscopic surgery, Manning appears in good stead to continue his NFL leading streak of 151 consecutive regular season starts (162 total). It’s getting acquainted with the new offensive system, not physical conditioning, that is Eli’s utmost concern currently:
Regarding new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo’s system, Manning said he was “not 100% comfortable with everything going on. There’s still some learning curve and there’s still some things I’ve got to digest and think through.”
Eli Manning has Giants Nation tossing their remotes through flat screen televisions on a regular basis, but at the end of the day, he’s a two-time Super Bowl MVP . This is a distinction held by only three other players in league history — Bart Starr, Terry Bradshaw and Tom Brady. Is he on the decline? Yes. Does he give the 2014 Giants the best chance to win football games? Yes. We should all breathe easy that — barring a setback — he’ll be ready to roll on Monday night September 8th against Detroit.