New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones went down with an apparent right hamstring injury with 10:02 left in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Jones appeared to be injured while running a quarterback draw for 7 yards. On the next play he completed a 2-yard pass to Wayne Gallman, but then went to the turf. He was replaced at quarterback by Colt McCoy. This marked McCoy’s first snaps of the season.
“Just felt it on that play and didn’t feel like I could get a lot on it really or do what I needed to do to be effective and move the ball and throw it accurately,” Jones said. “Just look to rehab it, do whatever I can to heal it up as fast as I can.”
Three plays later, Graham Gano kicked a 40-yard field goal to give the Giants a 13-10 lead with 8:10 to go in the third quarter.
McCoy, a 10-year veteran, is in his first season with the Giants.
A limping Jones came back into the game on the drive after he was injured. He left the game after two plays, including an incomplete pass. He never returned, finished 16-of-27 for 213 yards and with six carries for 19 yards.
Jones will go for tests on Monday. ESPN is reporting that the Giants believe the hamstring injury is “pretty bad.”
“I’m certainly not discouraged. I think it’s tough to tell exactly what it is right now, so we’ll get back and examine it,” Jones said. “I’m excited to win and get the win and be a part of that, so certainly not discouraged at all and understand I’ve got to do what I can to get healthy, recover it, recover from it and get back on the field. But certainly want to be out there and it’s tough not being out there, but feels great to get a win.”
Jones praised the work of McCoy, who went 6 of 10 down the stretch in helping the Giants secure a third straight victory.
“I thought he did a great job coming in and executing and moving the ball down the field and scoring some points there. That was big time and obviously I’ve learned a ton from Colt, he’s played a lot of football, been in this league for a long time and I think you were able to see that when he gets out on the field and executes, and how well he did it,” Jones said. “Good to see the team get a win down the stretch and I thought Colt did really well.”
The Giants also lost special teams captain Nate Ebner to a knee injury in the first half.