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QB Daniel Jones ruled out vs. Dolphins; Mike Glennon to start

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Daniel Jones has been ruled out for Sunday's game in Miami after the quarterback was not cleared for contact, coach Joe Judge announced Friday morning.

Jones suffered a neck injury in the Week 12 victory over Philadelphia and was limited in practice this week. Mike Glennon will start against the Dolphins, and Jake Fromm, who was signed off the Buffalo Bills' practice squad this week, is expected to serve as the backup.

"At this point, we don't feel 100 percent comfortable with him until the medical team clears him fully," Judge said before Friday's practice. "As of right now, we'll rule him out. We'll evaluate him for the future, including as soon as next week, with the doctors. We don't have any answers on the immediate future yet. His status for this week will be he'll be out."

Jones will travel with the team to Miami as the Giants play back-to-back games – and four of their next five – on the road. After the Dolphins game, the team will spend next week practicing in Arizona before their matchup against the Chargers in Los Angeles.

"Daniel always wants to play," Judge said. "He's going to try to find every which way possible to play and convince us to play. I've talked about that in the past and it's the thing you love about Daniel is how competitive he is and how much he wants to go ahead and fight to be on the field. All that being said, we had to make a decision."

And why announce it now instead of playing coy up until game time?

"Just being forthcoming with you today," Judge said. "I don't know, maybe I'm in a funny mood today (laughs). Look, in this case, it was just time to go ahead and say it. We made a determination. Daniel will still be out here today with the team. He'll still go through practice, do some things. He's actually looked well moving. That's been encouraging, the way he's thrown the ball, the operation of the team, that's all been very good. He's still Daniel. He's still leading on and off the field and still doing everything we ask him to do. I know this is frustrating for him, but a decision that we have to make that's best for him."

Glennon, originally a third-round pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2013, last played extensively in the Giants' Week 5 loss in Dallas after Jones suffered a concussion. Glennon completed 16 of 25 passes for 196 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions in the game, and Jones was cleared to start the following week.

The 6-foot-7 quarterback has started 27 games throughout his career, most recently with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Jan. 3, 2021. In that game, he threw two touchdowns with no interceptions in a loss to Indianapolis.

"I haven't had a whole lot of opportunities to start in the NFL, so anytime you get one of those opportunities, it's something that there will be a little nerves," Glennon said. "But I think there were nerves when I was a starter for longer. It's just kind of an excitement to get out there and play again and I'm looking forward to it."

The quarterback switch comes a week after the Giants changed play-callers as senior offensive Freddie Kitchens took over for Jason Garrett, who was relieved of his duties as offensive coordinator.

"Mike worked with Freddie all last week as well," Judge said. "Everyone's job is to be prepared, it's our job to put them in position to go out there and make plays. In terms of Mike, Mike does a great job of being ready every week. He does a great job of that. He's a true professional, he's a good teammate, he's a good leader. In terms of him working with Freddie, yeah, no concern on that."

Fromm, 6-2 and 215 pounds, has no NFL regular-season experience but was a prolific passer at the University of Georgia. The Bills selected Fromm in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft (No. 167 overall). As a freshman in 2017, Fromm led the Bulldogs to the 2017 CFP national championship game, where they lost to Alabama in overtime. He also quarterbacked Georgia to three consecutive SEC championship games (winning once). Under Fromm, the Bulldogs won a Rose Bowl and were 1-1 in the Sugar Bowl. In three seasons, Fromm threw for 8,224 yards and 78 touchdowns with 18 interceptions.

"It's been a little crazy, but it's been fun," Fromm said. "Honestly, just super excited to be here. I'm out here at practice, but it's just football, just trying to help out any way I can."

*Jones was one of four players ruled out in the final injury report of the week. The others were linebacker Trent Harris (ankle), cornerback Adoree' Jackson (quad), and tight end Kaden Smith (knee). The Giants then placed Harris and Smith on injured reserve.

*Wide receivers Sterling Shepard (quad) and Kadarius Toney (oblique/quad) are listed as doubtful for Sunday's game. Fullback Cullen Gillaspia (calf), wide receiver John Ross (illness/quad), tight end Kyle Rudolph (ankle), and offensive tackle Nate Solder (elbow) are questionable.

*Before fielding questions from the media about his breakout season, safety Xavier McKinney discussed the Giants and Stop & Shop teaming up to help Food Bank For New York City, the city's largest hunger-relief organization, fight hunger across the five boroughs this holiday season. From December 3-23, fans can shop online for pickup or delivery and add a donation of $1, $3, $5, $10 or $20 to their cart at checkout. All donations will benefit Food Bank For New York City. A QR code will also be available to fans who wish to donate. The QR code can be found on Giants.com. Since 1997, the New York Giants have supported an annual food drive to help feed thousands of hungry New Yorkers during the holidays. Fans can use code SSGIANTS at checkout for $30 off their first order plus free delivery or pickup for 60 days. ​For more about the food drive, or to donate, visit: https://stopandshop.com/pages/giantsfooddrive.

Then it was on to football. McKinney has been leading a surge on defense with five interceptions this season, tied for the most among all NFL safeties.

"It's great to hear from my peers, my teammates, my coaches, but for me, like I said from day one, I've just been trying to get out here and get better for them," McKinney said. "Be able to help us be able to win games, put us in better situations defensively and as a team. I keep the same mindset every day. I don't really pay much attention to [the praise]. I can't do one thing one day and then the next day be terrible at it. I know I have to keep working and stay level-headed and make sure I have my head down and keep going and getting better."

But he does have big goals.

"I know what I'm chasing. Obviously, I want to be great. That's why I come out here and play the game that I play today. That's why I do what I do. I want to be great; there's no question about it."

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