Jones did not receive an official designation on the final injury report Friday after receiving clearance from an independent neurologist.
Giants’ running backs Saquon Barkley (ankle) and wide receiver Kenny Golladay (knee) were ruled out on Friday after not training all week. A source previously told ESPN that the return of New York’s top playmakers would take “a few weeks.”
The news was more positive for Giants receivers Sterling Shepard (hamstrings) and safety Jabrill Peppers (hamstrings), who were not on the final injury report and will play on Sunday after missing the previous two games. Wide receivers Darius Slayton (hamstrings) and Kadarius Toney (ankle), left tackle Andrew Thomas (foot) and goaltender Ben Bredeson (hand) are all questionable to face the Rams. Toney has been moving well all week and should be playing.
Jones suffered the concussion just before halftime in Sunday’s 44-20 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. He tripped to his feet after receiving a helmet-to-helmet hit as he attempted to enter the end zone.
But Jones was on his feet and in a good mood after the game. He worked on secondary ground on Wednesday before being put on the limited list of participants for Thursday’s practice. He faced mock contact on Friday.
With Jones cleared, the decision on whether he can play seems finalized.
“I think you have to make a clear distinction between the work of each person and their role in the team. The doctors, the medical staff – they have a very clear job in terms of the health of our players and determining their health and readiness for the game, ”said Giants coach Joe Judge. “If I get involved in some way or another in an emotional decision, it won’t always be the right decision. Maybe this is a situation where I know we really need a player and I want to have him on the pitch, but medically it might not be the right decision. Maybe this is a situation where I think this guy might not be ready to play, but if I have all the experts and doctors and coaches who say, “This guy is totally okay to play. play, Joe ”. He is not at risk of injuring himself again. He is fine. I have to trust these opinions. I know I am not a doctor. I know I have to trust the opinions of guys who have done a lot more education, research and practice in this area. “
The Giants (1-4) planned as if Jones were playing, with Judge saying he was “on track” throughout the week.
Mike Glennon, who replaced Jones in the second quarter on Sunday, picked up some first-team reps this week in the event of a setback. He’s an option if the Giants don’t think it’s safe for Jones to come back so quickly.
“I really think we like Daniel. We want Daniel to play. We know he wants to play. So obviously we want him with us as a brother, but we also want the best for him, ”Slayton told ESPN on Friday. “If he’s not right, the last thing we want to do is send him out there to get hurt even more. “
Jones, 24, has four touchdown passes and one interception this season. He is 10th in the NFL with a QBR of 61.2.
The third-year quarterback also did some damage with his legs on the play zone, and it became a big part of the Giants offense. Jones has 197 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries.
And it doesn’t look like the team will hesitate to call the reading zone on Sunday with Jones cleared, even though he was concussed during a quarterback run.
“If he’s back and ready to play, we’re going to play football,” offensive coordinator Jason Garrett said earlier in the week. “We’re going to ask him to do what we need to do. Again, we talked about this earlier, you don’t want to constantly put your quarterback in jeopardy. We have other guys who can do games for us, but DJ running the ball has been a positive thing for us, so we’re going to try to find what that balance is. ”