New York Giants tight end Kevin Boss will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his ankle next week. Boss is hopeful the surgery will alleviate the lingering issues he’s had with the ankle.

Pat Hanlon, Giants’ vice president of communications, reported via his Twitter account that Boss is expected to need four to six weeks to recover from the surgery. That’s great news for everyone – he will be fully ready well in advance of training camp. Boss said he’s had issues with the ankle since Week 4 of this past season against the Chiefs, when he was sandwiched between two defenders. Boss sprained his ankle on the play and missed the following week’s game against the Raiders, but the effects of the injury didn’t stop after the victory over Oakland.

“The whole season I just kept having little tweaks here and there that made for kind of a long season with my ankle. Better now than sometime during the season.”

The news wasn’t so great for offensive lineman Kevin Boothe. The veteran who has appeared primarily on special teams throughout his career suffered a torn pectoral muscle working out earlier this week. He will also have surgery next week and his rehabilitation time is expected to be around four months. This puts Boothe’s 2010 season in serious jeopardy.

Most Giants players who underwent surgery in the past year have made enough progress to participate in the “organized team activities” (OTAs) that began this week. That list includes running back Andre Brown and defensive tackle Jay Alford, both of whom were injured last August and missed the entire 2009 season. Brown, then a rookie running back, ruptured his Achilles tendon in training camp on August 14. Alford tore knee ligaments in a preseason game in Chicago, just eight days later.

Also participating in the OTAs are running back Brandon Jacobs (knee surgery), defensive end Justin Tuck (shoulder), fullback Madison Hedgecock (shoulder), center Shaun O’Hara (elbow), guard Rich Seubert (shoulder), wide receiver Mario Manningham (shoulder), and linebacker Gerris Wilkinson (wrist).

Several other players who underwent surgery continue to their rehabilitation processes. This list includes safety Kenny Phillips (knee), running back Ahmad Bradshaw (both feet and one ankle), wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (wrist/toe), and defensive lineman Rocky Bernard (shoulder). Both Bradshaw and Nicks are expected to return to the practice field within the next two weeks.

The most pressing injury situation for the Giants involves Kenny Phillips. He underwent knee surgery early last season and has yet to make it back out on the field. Phillips still hopes to be ready by the start of training camp, something that the Giants are being cautiously optimistic about.

“That’s my goal,” Phillips said. “I’m on track for that. I think we’re just being cautious right now. The doctors and the trainers (are giving me) nothing but good reports. I feel great – no pain, no swelling. We’re just being safe. We have no reason to rush it. We’re just taking our time.”

That is the situation everyone will be watching as training camp approaches.