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Daniel Jones fully cleared; latest on Tyrod Taylor

DANIEL-JONES

The Giants received clarity on one of their quarterbacks, while another's status has now become unclear.

Head coach Brian Daboll told reporters late Monday morning that Daniel Jones has been officially cleared for contact by team doctors. The exam took place prior to yesterday's game against the Jets, and the starting quarterback will practice fully on Wednesday when the Giants begin preparing for Sunday's game against the Las Vegas Raiders.

"He met with the doctor pregame, so he did his tests. The week before he did it on Friday, so he did his tests and they told me he'd be ready to go next week," Daboll said.

Jones has been sidelined for three weeks due to a neck injury suffered in the fourth quarter of a Week 5 game in Miami.

Despite returning to practice as a limited participant the last two weeks, Jones was inactive while backup Tyrod Taylor started in his place.

As for Taylor, the veteran quarterback departed Sunday's contest with an injury early in the second quarter. After the game, the Giants announced that Taylor was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center for further examination and testing, where it was determined he suffered an injury to his rib cage. Taylor spent the night at HUMC for observation. He was released from HUMC early Monday afternoon.

"He's got ribs," Daboll said this morning. "I'm not going to get into what they are. He's pretty sore right now."

With Jones and Taylor both out yesterday, the Giants turned to Tommy DeVito. The undrafted rookie quarterback finished the game 2 of 7 passing for minus-1 yard and added four rushes for 12 yards and his first NFL touchdown. DeVito was also sacked twice for losses totaling nine yards.

"I saw a quarterback that has developed, and I just saw the leadership he had coming up to us after that big score that we needed to come out of the half," center John Michael Schmitz said of DeVito's NFL debut. "I just saw him kind of take control. So, yeah, I was proud of him."

Coming out of halftime, it was clear that the Giants' offensive game plan revolved around the run game. Saquon Barkley carried the ball 25 times in the second half, which led to him registering a career-high 36 rush attempts.

Due to the heavy emphasis on the rushing attack once the offense was down to its third-string quarterback, the Giants finished the game with minus-9 net passing yards, the lowest in franchise history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Daboll did not dismiss the possibility of the Giants adding another quarterback with Taylor's status in question.

"I'm going to go back up there and meet with (Senior Vice President/General Manager) Joe (Schoen) here, so we'll talk about that," the head coach said. "It's definitely a possibility."

*Schmitz took the field Sunday for the first time since suffering a shoulder injury early in the Week 4 game against the Seahawks. The rookie's return led to veteran Ben Bredeson, who had been starting at center with Schmitz out, moving back to left guard. While it was the Giants' seventh different starting offensive line combination of the season, the unit has shown some improvement in recent weeks.

"Honestly, I just saw the growth," Schmitz said about the difference between the line from when he last played. "Especially the couple of weeks I've been out, I saw the growth of the O-line and kind of just the camaraderie coming together, guys being way more focused and locked in. I would just say the intent to detail each and every week, coming in with the mindset that we can do it."

Veteran Justin Pugh has played a role in the unit's development. Pugh started each of the last three games for the Giants, one at left guard and the last two at left tackle. He shifted over to left tackle in Week 6 when Joshua Ezeudu departed with a toe injury.

The rookie center praised the 33-year-old lineman for everything he has brought to the group since being signed to the practice squad on October 3.

"He's been a tremendous addition to the room," Schmitz said of Pugh. "Not only with just helping us out with being in the league for so long, just the way he goes through the week, his routines. If it's kind of just a little advice, it doesn't even have to be on the field, but off the field. I think he's been a tremendous addition to the room."

The Giants hope to get more reinforcements back for this week's game in Las Vegas. All-Pro left tackle Andrew Thomas has been sidelined since injuring his hamstring in the season opener. Thomas returned to practice as a limited participant last week and was able to put together three consecutive practices for the first time since Week 1.

Right tackle Evan Neal was also a limited participant at practice each day last week after missing the last two games. Daboll said the team will get a better sense for the potential return of both linemen on Wednesday once the team takes the practice field.

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