'I'm good': New York Giants QB Daniel Jones (left ankle) optimistic after leaving 20-12 home victory

ByJordan Raanan ESPN logo
Sunday, October 2, 2022

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants starting quarterback Daniel Jones left Sunday's 20-12 win over the Chicago Bears because of an ankle injury and returned only because backup Tyrod Taylor was forced from the contest when he was evaluated for a concussion.

Taylor was later diagnosed with a concussion. He is now in the protocol. Jones had X-rays on his left ankle after the game and told ESPN when asked if the initial results were positive, "I'm good."

Jones said he didn't know immediately after the game if it was a high ankle sprain. He expects to undergo more tests this week.

"I feel good. I feel good," said Jones, who walked through the locker room and to his postgame news conference with a noticeable limp. "A little sore but all good. Listen to the trainers and doctors and go from there, but feeling good."

The Giants (3-1) play the Green Bay Packers next Sunday in London. Jones and Taylor's availability will be monitored throughout the week.

"I don't know," coach Brian Daboll said about his quarterbacks' status for next week.

The Giants did not have Jones throw a pass after he returned to the game with 8:24 remaining. The ankle clearly had him limited.

Jones was in pain and limping.

"Yeah, it hurt. It hurt," he said. "Didn't feel like I could move quite the same."

The Giants ran the ball on all 11 offensive plays -- some from the wildcat formation with running back Saquon Barkley behind center -- even though Daboll said Jones was capable of throwing.

It wasn't exactly traditional, but it was enough against the Bears and quarterback Justin Fields.

"Those were plays we had in the game plan," Daboll said. "I just thought those were the right thing to use at that particular time based on where Daniel was."

Daboll also went to his trusty grease board to come up with some plays after Taylor was injured. They needed to find plays to get through the game without throwing another pass.

"We talked about a few things," Daboll said.

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