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Pat Shurmur disputes claim Daniel Jones definitely won’t play vs. Miami Dolphins

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Coach says rookie will return to the lineup when he is healthy enough

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New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur labeled as “not accurate” a report that rookie quarterback Daniel Jones would miss at least one more start due to his high ankle sprain.

“I couldn’t tell you that at this point,” Shurmur said Tuesday when asked whether it would be Jones or Eli Manning at quarterback vs. the Miami Dolphins. “Two things. First, I haven’t been able to see Daniel move around, and then we’ll just see where he’s at to start the week. If Daniel can’t go, the second thing would be that Eli would start.”

Shurmur said Jones, the sixth overall pick who replaced Manning as the starter in Week 3, would “absolutely” return to the lineup when he is able to do so.

“When he’s ready to play, he’ll go back in and play,” Shurmur said.

Jones began last week in a walking boot, but had shed the boot by the end of the week.

Manning, completing his 16th season, could be in the final weeks of his NFL career. Shurmur said Tuesday he had given no thought to any sort of farewell start or appearance for Manning in either of the team’s final two games this season at MetLife Stadium.

“That’s not something that we discuss,” he said.