The Giants are not expected to have Daniel Jones as their starting quarterback for Sunday’s game against the Seahawks in Seattle.
Jones underwent an MRI Monday at the Hospital for Special Surgery, and while the imaging did not reveal a completely torn right hamstring, it does show a strain, The Post confirmed. That injury will need time to heal, making it highly unlikely Jones will recover in time to play this weekend.
Jones will need to rest, receive treatment and try to ease the discomfort in his right leg. Perhaps he has to miss only one game and be able to return for the Dec. 13 game against the Cardinals at MetLife Stadium. Perhaps he needs more time to heal. This is a soft-tissue injury and there is no way to fully know how Jones will respond.
The Giants moved into first place in the NFC East with a 19-17 victory over the Bengals but Jones did not come out of the game unscathed. He hurt his right hamstring on a designed run that picked up seven yards early in the third quarter. He completed one pass after getting hurt but was not able to drive off his right leg. He left the game, returned for the next series but lasted only two plays before retreating for the sideline for the remainder of the game.
Backup Colt McCoy finished up for Jones in Cincinnati and is expected to start in Seattle. The Giants have one other quarterback in their program; Clayton Thorson is on their practice squad.
Eleven games into their season, the Giants are 4-7 and in first place in the division by virtue of a tiebreaker on Washington and pending the Eagles-Seahawks game Monday night.
Following the victory over the Bengals, head coach Joe Judge expressed optimism Jones would not have to miss significant time although Judge admitted he had no medical information to back up that claim.
“I would say I’m optimistic at this point right now,’’ Judge said. “Once he talks to the doctors, we get information, I’m sure he’s going to try everything he can. But I am optimistic just knowing what he’s played through before and how he’s handled different things. Again, I have to be fair to the player. I don’t know how he feels physically. I don’t know what the severity of the injury is. I have to make sure I have that information from our medical team. We don’t ever want to put any player on the field if he can’t properly defend himself or compete and execute the way we need him to.”