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Giants not ruling anything out with Daniel Jones (neck)


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Before the first of the Giants' two walk-throughs today, Joe Judge said Daniel Jones would have "really a normal Wednesday for him."

It wasn't completely customary because after injuring his neck in the victory against Philadelphia three days ago, Jones was limited when he is usually a full participant.

But the big picture question is: will the Giants' quarterback have a normal Sunday when they face the Miami Dolphins in Hard Rock Stadium?

"We're not going to rule anything out right now," Judge said. "Daniel's going to be out here practicing with us today. We expect him to practice tomorrow and Friday, as well. We'll see what he can do. It's like any kind of injury coming out of the game, we'll just see how he does."

Jones, who confirmed the injury is a strained neck, was asked if there is "a chance" he will face the Dolphins.

"I think I'm going through the week preparing to play and getting myself ready to play, listening to the trainers and doctors," he said. "My job is to be ready to play, so I'll go through the week like I always do.

"There are a number of things the trainers and doctors want to see, but that's not really – my focus is to continue to improve and get better, and then put that in their hands come this weekend."

Jones said the injury is not limiting him physically on the field.

Several media reports said Jones was injured on the second play of the 13-7 victory against Philadelphia when he gained five yards on a run to the left side and was hit by safety Rodney McLeod. But Jones neither confirmed nor denied the timing.

"Which exact play or when it happened, I'm not sure," he said. "I woke up and it was sore. … I'm feeling much better today and expect I'll continue to feel better and better every day."

Judge said he received no indication during the game that Jones was injured. Jones said nothing about a sore neck to Judge, who learned of the injury, "in our postgame injury report on Monday."

If Jones can't play, the quarterback will be Mike Glennon, who has made 27 starts in a nine-year career in which he has played for six teams. He started the final five games for the 1-15 Jacksonville Jaguars in 2020. Glennon's only appearance this season was in Dallas on Oct. 10, when he relieved Jones, who had suffered a concussion. He played the final 39 snaps and completed 16 of 25 passes for 196 yards, a three-yard touchdown to Devontae Booker and two interceptions.

"Every week, Mike's job is to be prepared if his number is called at any point in time, either before or during the game, he's ready to go in and run our offense," Judge said. "We'll also prepare Daniel to start, as well."

Judge said in practice, "we'll do the normal rotation we always do every week. Mike takes rotations every week, so we'll do the same thing."

The Giants today signed quarterback Jake Fromm off the Buffalo Bills' practice squad. Fromm, a 2020 fifth-round draft choice by the Bills, is a former standout at the University of Georgia who has not played in an NFL regular-season game. The Giants also have Brian Lewerke on their own practice squad.

"When you first get any kind of flag on any player, you kind of look on down (your list)," Judge said. "If it's a receiver, if it's a corner, if it's a linebacker, you immediately say, 'Okay, what kind of insurance do we need for the game right now?' Then, obviously, it was an opportunity for us to add a player that we liked coming out of college through the draft. It was a good time to add him, get him in here and get working."

Is it realistic for a quarterback who practiced for the first time today to be in uniform on Sunday?

"Yeah, it's our job to get everyone prepared," Judge said. "He's signed, he's on our 53-man roster right now. It's our job to get him ready. (Quarterbacks coach) Jerry (Schuplinski) will work with him extra throughout this week, make sure he gets caught up on the vocabulary. This guy comes from an offense where I know he's handled a lot of multiples. He's a smart guy. He's done a good job through college and early in his pro career with the experience he's had, so we'll see how it translates over. We'll get Mike and Daniel ready, and Jake, as well."

Jones missed two games due to injury in both his rookie season in 2019 (ankle) and last year (hamstring and ankle).

That is one streak Jones hopes to end.

"My focus is to get back this week and do everything I can to prepare to play Sunday," Jones said. "That's where my focus is right now."

*Judge was asked for updates on other injured players, including wide receivers Sterling Shepard and Kadarius Toney (who both have quad injuries) and tight end Kyle Rudolph (ankle), who were inactive Sunday, and cornerback Adoree' Jackson (quad), who left the Eagles game.

"Really no difference right now than what they've been doing," Judge said. "They'll be out here with trainers today and moving around. They'll all be involved with us in some way or another throughout the day. We've got the split walkthroughs today, AM and PM, and they'll be out here with us. We'll see what they can do after moving around with the trainers. That will obviously build into tomorrow with what they can do in practice and if we'll move them around full speed."

*Judge wore a blue University of Mississippi cap to his news conference and on the practice field after losing a bet with Ole Miss alum Evan Engram on the Mississippi-Mississippi State Egg Bowl game played Thanksgiving Night. The Rebels won, 31-21.

"Had we pulled it out, he would be standing back here ringing a bell today," Judge said. "What do I say? A bet's a bet."

*Because they held walk-throughs, the Giants' injury report was based on estimated participation. The following players did not practice Shepard (quad), Toney (oblique/quad), Rudolph (ankle), Jackson (quad), linebacker Trent Harris (ankle), fullback Cullen Gillaspia (calf), tight end Kaden Smith (knee) and wide receiver John Ross (illness).

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