New York Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones is suffering from a high ankle sprain, which is an injury that usually takes a few weeks to recover from. He’ll miss his first game tonight against the Eagles in Philadelphia, and with four games remaining, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that his season is over.
#Giants QB Daniel Jones, out tonight vs the #Eagles with a high-ankle sprain, is expected to miss from 2-4 weeks, sources tell me and @MikeGarafolo, who is covering the game for us tonight. That means expect Eli Manning to get at least 1 home start before 2019 ends, maybe more.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 9, 2019
There is no need to rush Jones back before he is ready, regardless of what Jones and head coach and Pat Shurmur are saying. With Eli Manning still in the building and this team going nowhere fast, cooler heads should prevail here and Jones should be be given the proper amount of time to heal before taking the field again. If that means Week 1 of the 2020 season, so be it.
Eli Manning needs to be sent off with a bang, anyway. The Jones injury solves an awkward situation for the Giants. Eli can start the remaining four games of this season and then the soon to be 39 year-old can decide if and where he wants to continue his career.
The Giants have two home games remaining – next week against the Miami Dolphins and Week 17 agains the Eagles. Ownership owes it to Manning – and their fans – to allow him to play these games out and ride into the sunset with dignity.
Jones is out of the walking boot his foot was placed in last week after doctors diagnosed his ankle to be more ethan just a tweak, but the Giants have ruled him out and it is uncertain the he can resume football activities.
Until then, Manning reassumes his old job under center. Shurmur said this week that Manning was not rusty after standing on the sidelines for the last 10 games.
“He is a model of consistency. He has been for a very long time,” said Shurmur. “No matter what his role has been, heâ€™s been the same every day. Same energy level, and heâ€™s had a great week of practice. I look forward to seeing him perform on Monday night.”
And maybe the nest three weeks, too.