New York Giants starting quarterback Daniel Jones has been cleared for contact, per multiple reports.
First reported by Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post, Jones was apparently cleared by doctors prior to Sunday's 13-10 loss to the New York Jets. His return comes at an incredibly fortuitous time, as backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor suffered a painful rib injury during the loss to the Jets that saw him taken to a local hospital. Had Jones not been cleared, that would have meant UDFA rookie Tommy DeVito would have been in line to make his first start against the Las Vegas Raiders.
Daboll clarified NFL rules regarding game statuses. He said that even though Jones was cleared Sunday morning he could not have been activated because once a player is declared OUT, which Jones was on Friday, that status cannot be changed. Daboll added he was not informed of the fact that Jones was cleared until after Sunday’s game.
Daboll said he was told Jones would be “good to go for next week.” He will practice fully on Wednesday.
Daboll said that Taylor remains in Hackensack Medical Center as of Monday morning. Daboll would only say that the veteran quarterback “has got ribs” and is “pretty sore.” He added that he and GM Joe Schoen will meet later on Monday to discuss the possibility of adding another quarterback to the roster. He said “there’s definitely a possibility” of adding a quarterback.
Jones returns after missing the last three games with a disc injury suffered during the Giants 31-16 loss to the Miami Dolphins. Reports Sunday morning indicated that it would be at least another week before Jones would be cleared for contact, so today's news came earlier than expected.