No need for the Giants to dust off Eli Manning just yet.
When Daniel Jones went into the injury tent on the sideline for trainers to get a better look at his ankle during Sunday’s loss to the Packers, it raised the only non-sentimental-related scenario where the franchise icon might get back under center. But Manning never even took off his coat to begin throwing on the sideline, Jones took the final three meaningless snaps of the first half and played the rest of the game. He is expected to fully practice this week, coach Pat Shurmur said.
“It’s sore,” Jones said, “but that’s kind of typical the day after a game. I think I’ll be good to go.”
Jones was injured at the end of a tough 2-yard run on fourth-and-2, when Preston Smith rolled on his ankle making the tackle. He did not need an MRI exam or anything beyond the “normal evaluation,” according to Shurmur.
“I realized when it happened,” Jones said, “but I never really thought it would be something that would keep me from playing.”
Jones has not missed a snap (672) since taking over for Manning as the starter in Week 3. Manning never missed a start due to injury in his 16-year career, so he has never had a layoff this long. He only participates in the second of two sets of pregame warm-ups.
The Giants are not going to bench Jones even as the losses (eight straight) mount. So, the only ways to get another glimpse of Manning on the field are an injury to Jones or an orchestrated goodbye to the home fans in Week 17.
If called upon? “He’s ready,” Shurmur said.
Kicker Aldrick Rosas, who righted his disappointing season by going 3-for-3 on kicks in the snow including a 45-yard field goal, had his shoulder examined after the game. He made a tackle at the end of a 33-yard kickoff return. … CB Corey Ballentine suffered his second concussion in seven weeks. Shurmur has “no concern” it could be season-ending.
TE Evan Engram originally was given a 2-4 week diagnosis on his sprained foot. Four weeks is up, so will he play Mondayagainst the Eagle?
“He was good today,” Shurmur said. “But he’s got to go through the protocol, so we’ll see as time goes on.”
“He’s making progress,” Shurmur said. “He’s feeling a little bit better each week, so we’ve got actually one more day this week to get him out there…. so hopefully he’ll be available. Can’t say for certain, though.”
The Giants’ last three opponents are averaging 2.7 yards per carry (220 yards on 81 rushes). The one-dimensional offenses still are feasting on the Giants secondary, however.
“We’ve made that an emphasis on the defense,” defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence said. “We have to stop the run, then stop the pass kind-of-deal. Our mindset is stop the run so we can be able to pass rush.”
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