The New York Giants have their starting quarterback available against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. Daniel Jones (ankle) didn’t even get an official designation in the last injury report of the week meaning he’s good to go and will likely start.
Back-up Tyrod Taylor was ruled out after suffering a concussion in Sunday’s 20-12 win over the Chicago Bears. Jones and Davis Webb, who will be elevated from the practice squad, will be the Giants’ active quarterbacks against the Packers in London. New York has no other quarterbacks on its roster.
Jones suffered a sprained ankle when he was fired against the Bears in the third quarter. He has been a limited participant in training this week. But he told ESPN after Thursday’s practice that he was “feeling better and getting better every day.”
The Giants (3-1) held a light practice Friday morning after making the trip to England. On Sunday they play at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
In addition to Taylor, wide receivers Wan’Dale Robinson (knee), Kenny Golladay (knee), and Kadarius Toney (hamstring), outside linebacker Azeez Ojulari (calf), defensive lineman Henry Mondeaux (ankle) and cornerback Cor’Dale Flott (calf)) were also excluded.
Defensive lineman Leonard Williams (knee) is questionable.
Jones’ biggest question was how much the ankle would limit his mobility. Jones’ legs were a big part of the Giants’ attack and their high-ranking quick attack. He is second on the team with 31 rushes for 198 yards with two touchdowns.
But Jones seemed to be moving well in training this week. He took a large majority of first-team reps in Thursday’s practice, a Giants player told ESPN. That seemed to indicate that there was a good chance Jones could start against the Packers on Sunday.
New York coach Brian Daboll probably wanted to see how Jones reacted after the long overseas flight. The results were apparently positive, as Jones did not appear on the final injury report.
It won’t be easy for Jones and the Giants to attack. They are below what was projected as their top four wide receivers going into the season. Golladay and Toney didn’t even make the trip, Sterling Shepard (torn ACL) is out for the season and Robinson needs another week before returning from a sprained MCL he sustained in the opener against the Tennessee Titans.
New York takes just three healthy wide receivers – David Sills V, Richie James and Darius Slayton – on the active roster in the contest. Marcus Johnson is also expected to be elevated from the practice squad.
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