Manning says he attempted to rehab the injury during the offseason, but ultimately decided surgery was the best option.
"I went through the recovery and rehab after suffering the sprain," noted New York's quarterback. "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 procedure is expected to prevent Manning from running for the next six weeks, but Manning says he will participate in team meetings, beginning on April 21st.
"I will be in the weight room and in the meeting rooms so we can all learn the new offense," noted Manning.
Fortunately, while injuries are never positive, particularly to the centerpiece of a franchise, this one has multiple silver linings.
The first is Manning will presumably be fully healthy heading into the 2014 season, and will not constantly need to monitor a previously troublesome ankle.
"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," admitted Manning of the injury.
Of equal importance is the realization that Manning will not place undesirable stress on himself, as he presumably will not throw when the Giants begin their offseason program on April 21st.
This further allows Manning to acclimate himself with the multitude of new faces designing the Giants offensive scheme. Specifically, Manning will have time to adapt to the new offensive philosophies installed by new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo.
The ability for Manning to rest, recover and learn, instead of exerting unnecessary energy throwing will likely help the Giants in the long run. The Giants organizational savvy for making this tough decision should not be overlooked.
Part of sports is delaying the inevitable by defying age and time. That is not to say that Manning is too old, or needs to be concerned about both concepts now, however, Manning won't be the Giants quarterback forever. With this principle in mind, any scenario that can push back that reality is something the Giants organization is cognizant of, and therefore ultimately decided the best course of action for Manning was to undergo surgery now in order to reserve mileage for this season and future ones.
What will the New York Giants quarterback situation will look like after Eli Manning?
Nobody knows, and nobody has to know.
At least, not right now.