New York Giants head coach Joe Judge said that as of Monday afternoon there are “more question marks than answers right now” when it comes to the status of starting quarterback Daniel Jones.
Jones, of course, left Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals with a hamstring injury. An MRI on Monday reportedly revealed that Jones “did avoid major injury” and has an outside chance of playing Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.
“We’ve gotta wait to see how this guy responds in a couple days. Can he move around the field and can he do anything?,” Judge said. “My approach on injuries is always the same — number one, can the player hurt it worse by playing ... number two, can the player defend themselves on the field at a level necessary to do their job effectively?”
If Jones can’t play, veteran Colt McCoy will start. Clayton Thorson, currently on the Giants’ practice squad, would be elevated as the backup quarterback. Judge also said the Giants are intending to add another quarterback as quickly as possible, and mentioned both former Giants Alex Tanney and Cooper Rush as possibilities.
Tanney, cut by the Giants at the end of training camp, is a free agent. Rush, released from the Giants’ practice squad early in the season, is now on the Dallas Cowboys practice squad.
“Obviously the priority would be to get somebody in here as quickly as possible to get them through the protocols and go through that kind of cadence to get him even eligible for Sunday,” Judge said.
The Giants signed Thorson to replace Rush at the end of September.
“He’s a big, strong dude. He’s got a big arm,” Judge said. “He’s done a lot of things in practice that have impressed us to this point.”