Daniel Jones suffered a neck injury in Week 5 and had to sit out the New York Giants‘ Week 6 loss to the Buffalo Bills. Will he be able to suit up against the Washington Commanders on Sunday? Or will Tyrod Taylor be under center again?
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Daniel Jones Injury Update
Jones will be at practice on Wednesday, but it will be in a limited capacity, as Giants head coach Brian Daboll told reporters today. However, Jones has still not been cleared for contact.
“He’s cleared to throw, so that’s what he’s going to do today is throw,” Daboll said. “Whenever the doctors tell me he’s cleared … right now, he’s able to throw. So that’s what we’re going to do. He’ll do some individual (work). He could do some stuff on the (scout) team, but we’ll see where we’re at with that.”
Daboll remains convinced that Jones’ season is not over. But New York won’t put him back on the field until he’s fully healthy.
“He’s eager to come back, and he wants to play,” Daboll said. “But obviously, just like any player, if they’re not ready to play — based on the doctors’ evaluation — we won’t put him out there. But he’s getting better. That’s why we’re going to have him out here today.”
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Jones did not practice leading up to the Giants-Bills game, so the fact that he’s even on the field on Wednesday is a positive sign. He told NBC on Sunday that his goal was to play against the Commanders in Week 7, but reporter Melissa Stark said Jones was still dealing with pain “on the left side of his neck” and has “symptoms into his left shoulder.”
Jones missed the final six games of the 2021 season with a neck injury, but that was considered more of a disk issue. Jones has suggested his current ailment differs from what he suffered two years ago.
Fantasy Fallout From Jones’ Injury
Jones’ fantasy managers may want to start formulating a backup plan at the QB position for Week 7 because the Giants signal-caller still isn’t cleared for contact as he recovers from a neck injury.
If Jones is unavailable against the Commanders, Taylor would be in line for his second consecutive start. While Taylor wasn’t great against the Buffalo Bills last week, he did manage to throw for 200 yards against a stingy Buffalo defense.
Darius Slayton and Wan’Dale Robinson put up their best fantasy performances of the season with Taylor under center and could be in line for another busy game against a struggling Washington secondary.
— PFN Fantasy Analyst Derek Tate