The New York Giants are shutting down quarterback Daniel Jones for the final three games of the regular season due to his neck injury, according to an official team announcement that was issued on Monday.
Jones, 24, was officially placed on injured reserve on Monday, and the development further complicates his future with the team. Jones was expected to prove whether or not he was the long-term answer at quarterback for the Giants this season, but injuries have drastically cut the season short.
The Giants have to make a decision on the fifth-year option on Jones’ rookie contract this offseason, which could guarantee the signal caller $20 million for the 2023 season.
“Over the course of the past few weeks, Daniel has been examined by Dr. Frank Cammisa of Hospital for Special Surgery and Dr. Robert Watkins of the Marina Spine Center at Marina Del Rey Hospital,” Giants head trainer Ronnie Barnes said in the official statement. “Our medical team has continued to consult with Dr. Cammisa and Dr. Watkins regarding Daniel’s condition and symptoms, and at this point, Daniel has not been cleared for contact.
“We felt the prudent decision was to place Daniel on injured reserve for the remainder of the season. With continued rest and treatment, we expect a full recovery.”
Despite the injury, the Giants do not believe it is an injury that will plague Jones moving forward. Jones needs time and rest, as surgery is not an option.
“I’ve been adamant in saying with all the information we’ve been given from the doctors involved and the medical team, that there is no, at this moment, concern for a long-term injury,” coach Joe Judge said, according to ESPN’s Jordan Raanan. “That this is more of a precautionary measure to make sure something isn’t aggravated or agitated before it is healed and doesn’t turn into something that is chronic and long term.”
“The medical team has been monitoring how the neck has progressed over the last few weeks. They didn’t think they saw enough progress to clear him for contact with the time remaining in the season,” Judge said. “They didn’t believe it would be the smartest move to put him out there, that they didn’t think he would be fully healed within that timetable, and the best thing for him right now is to start on having a full recovery with rest and treatment.”
“Yeah, I’ve seen enough growth from Daniel to tell us he’s a guy we want to go ahead and play with,” Judge said. “In terms of the business aspect of it and different things, I’ll let different departments in this organization handle that stuff. I’ll coach the players.
“When it comes down to Daniel our concern right now is getting him back and healthy and getting him prepared for next year.”