Daniel Jones Misses Practice, But Sheds Walking Boot

Giants Rookie Quarterback Remains Unlikely To Play Monday Night

Brandon Contes
December 06, 2019 - 4:04 pm

The New York Giants again practiced without rookie quarterback Daniel Jones Friday, increasing the unlikeliness that he’ll be back for their Monday Night matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Jones did, however, show some improvement, shedding the walking boot as continues to rehab from a high ankle sprain.

“Oh sure, absolutely,” Giants coach Pat Shurmur told reporters when asked if Jones can return this season. “I don’t know that. We’ll have to see. But I’m optimistic that he could.”

“He’s getting better. He’s making improvements,” Shurmur said Thursday, adding the rookie quarterback is “a fast healer, from what I can tell.”

At 2-10 following eight consecutive losses, some wondered if the Giants were turning to Eli Manning to try and stop the bleeding, but the team has said Jones’s injury is legitimate.   

Daniel Jones is sacked by Chicago Bears defensive tackle Nick Williams in the third quarter at Soldier Field Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL
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Big Blue will look for Jones to return under center this season to get as many reps as possible, but they won’t be reckless by rushing him back too soon. Jones can use the time off to continue improving.

“The learning doesn't stop just because you're not taking snaps," Shurmur said of Jones. It’s a sentiment Jets quarterback Sam Darnold echoed after getting a break during his rookie campaign. Darnold missed three games last season because of injury, returning to throw six touchdowns and just one pick during his final four starts.

“It was huge,” Darnold said Thursday. “When I got to watch Josh and kinda see him, how he went about a day — walkthroughs, games — just to see him go about his business throughout the week and then on Sunday, I definitely learned a lot from him.”

Much like Darnold took advantage of watching Josh McCown, Jones can learn from two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning and hopefully return a better quarterback for it.