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London mentions the Giants, but the Giants could name free-agent quarterbacks as insurance for the uncertainty surrounding Daniel Jones and Tyrod Taylor.
Jones’ ankle was so badly injured at the end of Sunday’s 20-12 win against the Chicago Bears that he could do no more than snatch the ball and limp back to the huddle. Taylor, who replaced Jones for 12 games and had to finish the game, left with a concussion in the fourth quarter and will have to go through a newly tightened league-wide protocol to be cleared.
So the Giants’ starter next Sunday in London against the Packers could be Jones or Taylor or Davis Webb from the exhibition squad. The backup could be Taylor, Webb, or anyone else who has signed off on the street when Webb starts — he showed a mastery of the offense he spent four years on preseason — and neither of the first two options are ready to go. to go. Head coach Brian Daboll offered no clarity on availability after the game, although he claimed Jones could have thrown a pass if necessary.
“I think I’ll listen to the doctors and trainers, take their advice and go from there,” Jones said. “I’m going to do everything I can to play, that’s for sure.”
If further tests confirm a high ankle sprain for Jones, it would be his third in four years. Jones missed two consecutive starts in 2019 and two starts in a three-game period in 2020. When Jones tried to play two weeks after his high ankle sprain in 2020, he had eight times fired one of the worst games of his sitting duck career.
After Jones was hampered by a sack late in the third quarter, Taylor began to loosen up on the sidelines. Jones sprinted into the bench area, trying to talk his way back into the game.
“He wanted to go,” said head coach Brian Daboll. “I said, ‘You’re not going in the game. I see you’re limping. I don’t risk getting hurt to protect yourself with that limp. But if we need you, can you get back in the game? ‘ He said, “Yes. I can go into the game now.” ”
Taylor’s concussion on a helmet-to-helmet hit left no other option, as Webb is on the practice team and only the 46 active players qualify for the game. Jones returned to the game for three plays as a stationary wide receiver so he could call play into the huddle as his helmet has the headset to offensive coordinator Mike Kafka. He eventually returned under the middle to hand out.
“I feel good,” Jones said. “A little painful, but all right. Once I got there, I loosened up and felt a little better.
The NFL is immediately making it harder for players to get through five-step concussion protocol after Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was dizzy from a hit last Sunday, returned to that game, started another five days later, and left with a concussion. after his hands were locked in the ‘screen reaction’. Jones played a week last season after suffering a concussion, but that doesn’t mean Taylor will be acquitted.
Much of Jones’ effectiveness is tied to his ability to run as he ran six times for 68 yards and two touchdowns against the Bears.
“It hurt,” Jones said. “I didn’t feel like I could move like that [afterward].”