The Giants officially laid off quarterback Daniel Jones (neck strain) on Monday, placing him and wide receiver Sterling Shepard (torn Achilles) on injured reserve.
Most importantly, Ronnie Barnes, senior VP of medical services and head athletic trainer, said the Giants eventually “expect a full recovery.”
“Over the past few weeks, Daniels has been examined by Dr. Frank Camissa of the Hospital for Special Surgery and Dr. Robert Watkins of the Marina Spine Center at Marina Del Rey Hospital,” Barnes said in a statement. “Our medical team continues to consult with Dr. Camissa and Dr. Watkins regarding Daniels’ condition and symptoms, and at this point, Daniels is not cleared for contact. We felt that the rest of the session It was a prudent decision to keep Daniel in the injured reserve for the season. With continued rest and treatment, we hope to make a full recovery.”
Jones hurt his neck on a designed run in a November 28 win over the Eagles when he lowered his head and went helmet-to-helmet with Philly safety Rodney McLeod. The Giants hoped he might return. He continued to practice as he was not physically affected by the mysterious injury, which head coach Joe Judge on Monday dubbed a “sprained neck”. But many of the spine specialists he saw weren’t comfortable clearing him up for contact.
The judge insisted Monday that “at this time, there are no concerns about prolonged injury,” according to several doctors who examined Jones. “It is more of a precautionary measure to ensure that it is something that does not become agitated or agitated before it heals and that it does not turn into a chronic or long-term form,” the judge said.
He also ruled out surgery, saying Jones’ plan was just to rest, rehab, and avoid contact.
Jones would have missed the last six games of his third NFL season. He finished the year with 2,428 passing yards, 10 TD passes, seven interceptions and a 64.3 completion percentage.
He has had three play-callers in three seasons: Pat Shurmur, Jason Garrett, and Freddie Kitchen. The Giants (4-10) have been aggressively ineligible, with Mike Glennon as a 0-3 starter in Jones’ absence.
With an injury like this, obviously the longer term is of concern. The judge said that “it will be no further issue if we give this time to fully recover.”
The coach said the potential for a setback for Jones was on-topic with the Giants’ medical team on Monday. “We had a long conversation this morning,” the judge said. “It’s a question I’ve asked over and over specifically to make sure and what I was told is that it won’t be an issue going forward.”
Jake Froome replaced Glennon in Sunday’s fourth quarter and looked capable on a drive in his NFL debut. So Fromm is expected to start at the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
Judge will not commit to Fromm as a starter on Monday, saying only that he “did enough to be considered” for a start in Philly.
“Obviously, there is a big difference between starting an entire NFL game and coming to the end of the game when the team is playing more than two minutes of stoppage mode,” Judge said. “It’s not a knock on Jake, it’s just reality and truth.”