New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones endured a neck injury during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins, which ended in a 31-16 loss for the Giants.
The injury occurred when Jones was sacked from behind by Andrew Van Ginkel. Following the hit, Jones left the field with trainers and underwent an examination in the medical tent before heading to the locker room. Within minutes, he was ruled out for the remainder of the game and was replaced by Tyrod Taylor.
Jones, who signed a four-year, $160 million contract this past offseason, underwent an X-ray at the stadium, with results still under examination. To obtain a precise diagnosis, he is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday.
Speaking about his condition after the game, Jones stated, “I feel fine, though clearly in some pain. It’s a physical game. I’ll meet with the doctors and trainers and then go from there.”
The injury occurred when Van Ginkel, virtually untouched, rushed off the edge and hit Jones from behind, causing Jones to curl up as he fell to the ground. Jones acknowledged that it was more than just discomfort, saying, “Just my neck. My neck’s sore. Just some neck pain.”
Despite the soreness, Jones was able to leave the locker room with his backpack and carry-on duffel bag, signifying a degree of mobility.
This isn’t Jones’ first experience with a neck injury. He missed the final six games of the 2021 season due to a neck injury but underwent a procedure in the offseason that he claimed was unrelated. The previous injury was identified as a disc issue, although sources informed ESPN that this current situation seems somewhat comparable.
Coach Brian Daboll did not provide immediate updates on Jones’ condition, stating that it was too early to determine. However, Daboll mentioned that Jones reassured him after the game that the injury did not appear to be severe, saying, “I saw him when I came in. He was sitting at his locker. I asked how he was doing. He said, ‘I’ll be OK.'”
Jones has been under considerable pressure throughout the season, and his health has been increasingly at risk. Sunday’s game marked the sixth time he was sacked, bringing his total sacks for the season to 28 in just five games.
“Affecting the quarterback plays an important role in the game. We have to figure out ways to protect him better,” Daboll commented.
In the contest against the Dolphins, Jones faced constant pressure and completed 14-of-20 passes for 119 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. Tyrod Taylor, who replaced him, completed 9-of-12 passes for 86 yards but was also under constant pressure and was sacked once.
The Giants’ offense has now gone 125 minutes without scoring a touchdown. With a 1-4 record, they face uncertainty surrounding the statuses of key players, including Jones, running back Saquon Barkley (ankle), left tackle Andrew Thomas (hamstring), and center John Michael Schmitz (shoulder) as they prepare for their next game on the road against the Buffalo Bills.
Jones remains uncertain about the extent of his concern after the Giants’ third consecutive loss and his latest injury, saying, “Yeah, it’s tough to say now. Just meet with the doctors and trainers and go from there.”