New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones is dealing with another injury, separate from the hamstring issue that sidelined him for Week 13 against the Seattle Seahawks, head coach Joe Judge said on Wednesday.
According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, Jones is now dealing with a sprained ankle suffered during the Giants’ 26-7 loss against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday that dropped them to 5-8 on the season. His status for Sunday night’s Week 15 game against the 9-4 Cleveland Browns is doubtful.
Jones was ineffective in his return from the one-game hiatus that saw him miss the Giants’ upset victory over the Seahawks, completing just 11-of-21 passes for 127 yards while getting sacked six times, fumbling three times, and losing it once.
It snapped the Giants’ four-game winning streak that saw them catapult up the standings to the top of the NFC East. After the Washington Football Team, Philadelphia Eagles, and Dallas Cowboys all won in Week 14, the Giants now trail Washington by a game with the Eagles and Cowboys nipping at their heels.
If Jones is unable to go against the Browns, Colt McCoy is the obvious choice to start again. While he didn’t put up gaudy numbers against the Seahawks, the 34-year-old veteran was an ultimate game manager that kept momentum-swinging mistakes to a minimum.
Granted, that came against a Seattle defense that is one of the worst units in football. The Browns’ defense that he could potentially be facing isn’t all that better. They rank 27th in points allowed and 19th in total yards yielded.
Even if Jones is able to go, Judge hinted that he would give McCoy reps under center in certain packages.