Daniel Jones is riding a “moderate” high ankle sprain, which means that Eli Manning will probably start the Giants’ Week 14 “Monday Night Football” game against the Eagles.
New York coach Pat Shurmur told reporters Wednesday that the rookie’s ankle injury is “slightly less serious” than Saquon Barkley’s earlier this season. With the 2-10 Giants already eliminated from the playoffs, it is likely Manning will be able to play for the rest of the season while Jones’ ankle heals properly.
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The Giants didn’t think Jones’ ankle was going to do this badly.
The pain worsened, she took a magnetic resonance imaging and revealed the high ankle sprain.
– Paul Schwartz (@NYPost_Schwartz) December 4, 2019
Manning, 38, was favored by 22-year-old Jones in September after the Giants fell to 0-2 to start the 2019 season. The 16-year QB through those two games had dropped to 556 yards. with two scores and two choices.
As a rookie, Jones has thrown for 2,374 yards, 18 touchdowns and 11 steals while managing a 61.6 completion percentage and an 84.0 pass rating in 11 games this season.
Here’s how Jones injured his ankle: Preston Smith, 265 pounds, landed with all his weight on Jones’ right leg. This happened in the middle of the second quarter. Jones didn’t miss a snap and finished the game pic.twitter.com/wGn6CvzZVC
– Dan Duggan (@ DDuggan21) December 4, 2019
Manning is in the final year of his contract with the Giants. If he is able to start in Jones’ position in the last three games of the season apart from Monday night’s game in Philadelphia, his performance will have no bearing on his return to New York. (It won’t). But it could affect another franchisee’s possible decision to sign him as a veteran option in 2020.
After the Eagles game, the Giants are scheduled to play the Dolphins, Redskins and Eagles again to close out the season.