EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones approved the concussion protocol and it is expected to begin Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams.
Jones did not receive an official designation in Friday’s final injury report after receiving clearance from an independent neurologist.
Giants running back Saquon Barkley (ankle) and wide receiver Kenny Golladay (knee) were ruled out Friday after not practicing all week. A source previously told ESPN that it would be a “couple of weeks” for New York’s best playmakers to return.
The news was more positive for Giants wide receivers Sterling Shepard (hamstring) and safety Jabrill Peppers (hamstring), who were not on the final injury report and will play Sunday after missing the two previous games. Wide receivers Darius Slayton (hamstring) and Kadarius Toney (ankle), left tackle Andrew Thomas (foot) and point guard Ben Bredeson (hand) are questionable to face the Rams. Toney is expected to play.
Jones suffered the concussion just before halftime of Sunday’s 44-20 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. He tripped over his feet after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit while trying to reach the end zone.
But Jones was awake and in a good mood after the game. He worked in a side field on Wednesday before being listed as a limited participant for Thursday’s practice. He faced sham contact on Friday.
With Jones cleared, the decision on whether he can play appears final.
“I think you have to make a clear distinction between everyone’s job and what their role is in the team. The doctors, the medical staff, they have a very clear job in terms of making our players healthy and determining their health and availability. for the game, “said Giants coach Joe Judge. “If I get involved in one way or another with an emotional decision, that will not always be the right decision. It may be a situation where I know we really need a player and I want to take him to the field, but medically, that may not be the right decision. Right decision. It may be a situation where I think this guy might not be ready to play, but I do have all the experts, doctors and coaches saying, ‘This guy is fully licensed to play, Joe. to get hurt again. Okay. I have to trust those opinions. I know I’m not a doctor. I know I have to trust the opinions of the guys who have done a lot more education, research and practice in that field. “
The Giants (1-4) have been planning as if Jones were going to play, and Judge said he was “on track” all week.
Mike Glennon, who replaced Jones in the second quarter on Sunday, did some first-team replays this week in the event of a setback. It’s an option if the Giants don’t think it’s safe for Jones to return so quickly.
“I definitely think we love Daniel. We want Daniel to play. We know he wants to play. So obviously we want him with us as our brother, but we also want the best for him,” Slayton told ESPN on Friday. “If he’s not okay, the last thing we want to do is send him out to hurt himself even more.”
Jones, 24, has four touchdown passes and one interception this season. He is 10th in the NFL with a 61.2 QBR.
The third-year quarterback has also hurt his legs in the reading zone, and has become an important part of the Giants’ offense. Jones has 197 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries.
And the team doesn’t seem shy about calling the zone read Sunday with Jones cleared, even if he suffered a concussion in a quarterback run.
“If he’s back and ready to play, we’ll play football,” offensive coordinator Jason Garrett said earlier in the week. “We’re going to ask him to do what we have to do. Again, we talked about that before, you don’t want to constantly put your quarterback in danger. We have other guys who can make plays for us.” but DJ running the ball has been a good thing for us, so we’ll try to find that balance. “