The New York Giants fear quarterback Daniel Jones tore his anterior cruciate ligament during the team’s 30-6 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday, but that will be determined through tests later, according to a team source. Here’s what you need to know:
- Jones was slow to get up after being sacked by the Raiders’ Maxx Crosby in the second quarter. He remained in the game, but went down untouched on the next play and appeared to limp on his way to the sideline. He was deemed out heading into the second half.
- Jones was playing in his first game since suffering a neck injury in New York’s Week 5 loss to the Miami Dolphins.
- Tommy DeVito replaced Jones. The Giants were without backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who suffered a rib injury in the team’s Week 8 loss to the Jets and was placed on IR.
“It just sprained.”
While it’s difficult to comment on the injury, it’s fair to say that it didn’t look good and that it was a non-contact result that doesn’t look promising. “I don’t know, he just got sprained,” FOX sideline reporter Laura Okmin reported that Jones told Saquon Barkley when he asked what happened.
The Giants were just getting used to the return of their starters, along with healthy offensive linemen Andrew Thomas and Evan Neal, when he went down. It would be a huge blow to the season if Jones is forced out for an extended period. Given the 2-6 start and Jones missing three games, this game was a big test for the quarterback on how he can help right the ship. That’s without taking into account that the Raiders fired their head coach, general manager and offensive coordinator earlier this week. — Charlotte Carroll, Giants staff writer
How does this affect New York?
With Taylor on injured reserve and unable to return until at least the bye week, the Giants signed quarterback Matt Barkley to the practice squad. But he was not promoted to the active roster. That left DeVito as the single backup option for Sunday. DeVito made three pass attempts in the first half Sunday after nearly leading New York to a win but without a true passing game last week. He threw two interceptions and the offense couldn’t get anything going once Jones was out.
There is a lot to address with this offense and things will have to change if Jones is out long-term. Depending on how things go, the Giants may be in a position to really consider their future quarterback situation with a high 2024 draft pick, which makes things even more complicated. But again, until we know more about Jones’ injury, it’s just one thing at a time. — Carol
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