Eli Manning says ankle is 100-percent

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Entering the 2014 season Eli Manning says he has no concerns about his ankle. The New York Giants quarterback spoke about his ankle on Tuesday to reporters and again said there was nothing to be worried about.

“I think I’m safe to say I’ll be 100 percent by the start of training camp,” Manning said via ESPN. “I would hope so.”

Manning expects to be ready for the start of training camp following surgery on his left ankle on April 10.

The Giants begin OTA workouts in the last week of May and have a mandatory minicamp June 17-19. Right now it is unknown if Manning will be ready for those activities. The Giants recently added Josh Freeman as a backup.

“My No. 1 concern is getting back healthy,” Manning said. “No. 2 is learning the playbook.”

“It’s a little different from 10 years ago when I was a rookie in the NFL,” Manning said. “I have an understanding of the game of football better. A lot of it is the same thing said differently, and there are a lot of differences, but I think it’ll be OK.”

And to those who believe Manning injured his ankle playing basketball with his brother rand teammates? The quarterback disputed those rumors.

“We went and shot baskets at the Duke facility. I was not playing basketball,” Manning said. “I did not injure it playing basketball. I think at that point, my procedure was already scheduled for the next day.”

Manning completed 57.5-percent of his passes for 3,818 yards in 2013 tossing 18 touchdowns and a eye-popping 27 interceptions.