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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – New York Giants and quarterback Daniel Jones are hoping to play Sunday against the Miami Dolphins despite a neck injury.
Jones confirmed Wednesday that he was hit in the neck – nothing more – in Sunday’s 13-7 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. He keeps the opportunity open to be ready for the weekend.
“Yeah, I think I’m going through the week and preparing to play,” Jones said after being a contactless participant in training. “Get me ready to play.”
The Giants (4-7) will have both Jones and backup Mike Glennon to take reps this week for training. A source told ESPN on Wednesday that it is 50-50 whether Jones would be able to play. Glennon would start if he could not.
Jones, who the Giants officially listed as restricted in Wednesday’s training session, is expected to have a late-week check-up on his neck, which should help determine if he needs to miss a game.
“We will not rule anything out right now,” coach Joe Judge said Wednesday morning. “Daniel needs to get out here and practice [Wednesday]. He wants to practice [Thursday] and also Friday. We’ll see what he can do. … Truly a normal Wednesday for him. “
Jones was thought to be injured while running football Sunday on the second game. He said there was no real soreness until after the match. The referee did not know about the injury until the team prepared its injury report after the match on Monday.
Jones, 24, underwent tests and treatment over the past two days. After an initial fright, he is recovering.
“Feeling good. Getting better every day,” Jones said. “I try to listen to what the doctors and coaches tell me. But I’m fine.”
This may be the third season in a row that Jones has been forced to miss a match at the end of the season. He had a high ankle sprain as a rookie, a hamstring injury last season, and now there is concern for his neck.
Jones never seemed to think this would be a long-term problem. The Giants play the following week in Los Angeles against the Chargers.
“I think of course there are a number of tests and conversations with doctors and I have always understood that it was something I could get away from and get back out there,” he said.
Not much will change for Jones this week. He will technically be a contactless participant in practice, but it is not much different than every other week where no one is allowed to hit the quarterback. He is expected to be listed as limited.
This recent injury only highlights the difficulty of being a mobile quarterback and staying healthy during what is now a 17-game season. Jones previously suffered a concussion that forced him to miss the second half against the Dallas Cowboys while trying to drive the ball into the goal zone. This time, Jones drove the zone red and was hit near the neck / head after an awkward glide.
“I think it can be [difficult]. I can definitely … something I’ve been focusing on this season is doing it and getting down and avoiding some of those hits, “Jones said. You just have to keep doing it. It can be tough at times, but it’s something you need to be able to do. “
Jones has completed 63.4% of his passes with 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions this season. He is 25th in the NFL with a QBR of 40.9.
The third-year quarterback has rushed in for 298 yards and two touchdowns.
Glennon, 31, went 16-of-25 passes in 196 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions in (mostly) the second half of the blowout loss to the Cowboys. His last win as a starting quarterback came during the 2017 season with the Chicago Bears.