It looks like Daniel Jones is trending toward returning as the starting quarterback for the New York Giants this Sunday vs. the Washington Redskins. The Giants termed Jones, who missed the last two games with a high ankle sprain, a “full-go” at practice on Wednesday. He took the first-team reps during the portion of practice open to media, something he did not do last week.
Here is the full injury list:
TE Rhett Ellison (concussion)
LB Oshane Ximines (ankle)
G Kevin Zeitler (ankle)
Coach Pat Shurmur told media after practice that Jones took “most” of the first-team reps and looked “fine” during practice.
“He’s been making improvements. He got better last week, and then he was able to do much more today,” Shurmur said. “He looked fine.”
The coach, though, stopped short of committing to Jones rather than Eli Manning as the starter on Sunday.
“Well, we don’t know yet. We just need to see how his ankle responds to the added work he did today, and then we’ll just take it from there,” Shurmur said. “In the event he can’t start, certainly, we have a very experienced backup behind him.”
Jones told media in attendance he has to spend practice this week “showing the coaches and trainers that I can do everything.”
“It feels good, it feels like I can do everything I need to do,” he said.
After Sunday’s victory over the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium, there is some hope in the media and fan base that Manning won’t have to play again, allowing that to be his sendoff after a 16-year career.
Ellison has not played since Week 10. He has not yet been cleared from the league’s concussion protocol, but appears to be trending in that direction.
Ximines (ankle) is a new addition to the injury report.