Quarterback Daniel Jones has a torn ACL, New York Giants coach Brian Daboll confirmed on Monday morning. That means Jones will miss the rest of the season.
Jones finishes with two touchdown passes and six interceptions in six games in the first year of his four-year, $160 million contract. He finished the season 108 of 160 (67.5%) for 909 yards.
“Obviously surgery will ensue but I don’t know when that will be,” Daboll said.
Tommy DeVito is the only quarterback currently on the 53-man roster. Veteran Matt Barkley was signed to the practice squad last week and figures to be added to the main roster.
Backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor is on IR for at least three more games due to a Week 8 rib injury suffered agains the New York Jets. Daboll had no information on whether Taylor might be able to return this season.
Wide receiver Darius Slayton, drafted by the Giants in the same class as Jones, was obviously emotional about the injury. He called Jones “a resilient human being.”
Darius Slayton, who has been w/Daniel Jones his entire career, has a tough time expressing his feelings about Jones' injury. Hesitates a long time, calls it "disappointing" and "personal."— Big Blue View (@bigblueview) November 6, 2023
Left tackle Andrew Thomas called the news “devastating.”
Daboll deflected questions about the team’s long-term plans at quarterback.
“My focus is on getting DeVito ready to go, getting Barkley up to speed, and doing as good a job as we can with the guys we have out there,” Daboll said.
Jones has now had two neck injuries, the current torn ACL and a handful of other injuries during his five-year career.
“My focus is on just being there for the young man and I know he’ll do everything he can do to get back, get ready to play,” Daboll said.
The coach said he only had a brief interaction with Jones Monday morning and “gave him a hug.”