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QB Daniel Jones cleared to play vs. Rams


EAST RUTHERFORD. N.J. – Daniel Jones was a full participant in Friday's practice and after an examination by an independent neurological consultant, he has been cleared to play in the Giants' home game Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams.

Jones, who suffered a concussion last week in Dallas, increased his workload throughout the practice week, from a non-participant Wednesday to limited work Thursday to a normal load Friday.

"We'll have to simulate some contact for where he's at in the process and he'll have a doctor's appointment later today with the independent doctor and that'll be the final step," coach Joe Judge said prior to practice.

Because he was in the concussion protocol, Jones was prohibited by NFL rules from speaking to the media this week.

Jones was hurt on the penultimate snap of a 12-play, 88-yard drive that ended with Devontae Booker's one-yard touchdown dive immediately after the quarterback departed. In addition to his passing prowess, Jones is the Giants' leading rusher with 197 yards.

"Obviously, Daniel is a critical part of this team," Judge said. "He's done a good job. He's improved consistently throughout his time here. He's obviously playing at a high level for us right now. He's doing a lot of things to facilitate the offense. He has great command of the line of scrimmage. This guy does a lot of things in terms of making plays, extending plays. He's made plays with his legs, with his arm. I can continue to see this guy progressing within his craft, his profession. So, in terms of getting him on the field, our goal is to have all of our players at the game and have everybody healthy."

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The news was not as good for two of the Giants' offensive stalwarts who suffered injuries against the Cowboys. Running back Saquon Barkley (ankle) and wide receiver Kenny Golladay (knee) were declared out of the game.

Four players are questionable: wide receivers Kadarius Toney (ankle) and Darius Slayton (hamstring), tackle Andrew Thomas (foot) and offensive lineman Ben Bredeson (hand).

Wide receiver Sterling Shepard and safety Jabrill Peppers, who did not play last week because of hamstring injuries, were not on final injury report and will play Sunday.

Shepard and Slayton suffered right hamstring injuries on Sept. 26 against Atlanta.

"I thought both guys had a decent day yesterday," Judge said. "We'll see them go out here again today and make the final decision on all those guys as far as ruling guys officially out after practice today, but I thought both guys made positive steps yesterday in terms of having a chance to play this weekend."

Thomas, the team's starting left tackle, was in uniform but did not play in Dallas.

"I think he's in the same boat as those guys (Shepard and Slayton) right there," Judge said. "Obviously, he's a little bit different because he dressed out last week for the game. We thought he was obviously well enough last week to play at least in a limited role. He's gotten better throughout this week, so we'll see how he moves today in practice and see where it's going to put him in terms of what we expect out of him on Sunday."

In Thomas' absence, Nate Solder moved from right to left tackle and Matt Peart started on the right side. Judge declined to reveal if that will be the alignment if Thomas doesn't play.

"We just go ahead and roll it on through," Judge said. "All three are good to play either side right there. So, we just kind of play them based on where we think the matchups are and what's best for that player and best for the team each week. But all three guys can play right and left."

*The Giants placed rookie linebacker Justin Hilliard on injured reserve with an Achilles tendon injury. Hilliard was awarded off waivers to the Giants on Sept. 1, a day after he was waived by the San Francisco 49ers. He played a total of 15 special teams snaps in the last two games but had no tackles.

Hilliard is the second defensive rookie to go on I.R. in as many days. Cornerback Rodarius Williams, the Giants' sixth-round draft choice this year, was designated yesterday because of the torn ACL he suffered in Dallas.

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