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Daniel Jones questionable: Tyrod Taylor ready to go again


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – One week after he missed his first game of the season with a neck injury, Daniel Jones was today listed as questionable for the Giants' home game Sunday against the Washington Commanders.

A final decision on Jones' availability could be made shortly before gametime. Teams release their inactive list about 90 minutes prior to kickoff.

"We're talking to medical people and just take it day by day here," coach Brian Daboll said.

If Jones does not play, Tyrod Taylor will again play in his place.

Jones was limited in practice, as he has been all week. He only thrown the ball this week. Jones has not been cleared for contact.

Daboll wasn't definitive when asked if Jones could feasibly play without taking a team rep.

"He's played a lot of football for us," Daboll said. "He's been in the system for a while. So, again, we'll take that one, get all the information and then make the right decision for him and for us."

Jones was injured when he was sacked by Andrew Van Ginkel in the fourth quarter of the Giants' game in Miami on Oct. 8. He did not throw on the practice field last week and was inactive when the Giants played in Buffalo last Sunday.

Taylor completed 24 of 36 passes for 200 yards and threw neither a touchdown pass nor an interception. He also had five rushing attempts for 24 yards. But the Giants' scoring was limited to three Graham Gano field goals in a 14-9 loss to the Bills.

"He's done this a long time," Daboll said of the 13-year veteran. "Made some good decisions. I thought he did a lot of good things for us, and he's had a good week this week."

*The offensive line continues to be the Giants' most banged-up unit. The three linemen who did not suit up last week have been declared out of the Washington game: starters Andrew Thomas (left tackle, hamstring) and John Michael Schmitz (center, shoulder), who will miss their sixth and third games, respectively, and reserve tackle Matt Peart (shoulder).

Right tackle Evan Neal did not practice today and is listed as questionable with an ankle injury. Joshua Ezeudu, who started the previous five games for Thomas, was placed on injured reserve this week with a toe injury suffered in Buffalo. Daboll said "it doesn't look good" when asked if Ezeudu might return this season.

The Giants added four offensive linemen the last two weeks, including Tyre Phillips (Philadelphia), Joshua Miles (Atlanta) and Sean Harlow (Dallas) off other teams' practice squads. Phillips played for the Giants last season and was here throughout the spring and training camp. Justin Pugh, signed to the practice squad last week and the active roster this week, played the entire game vs. the Bills, including the final 68 snaps at left tackle, a position where he had not previously taken a practice rep.

Will Pugh start there on Sunday?

"Not yet determined," Daboll said. "Possibly."

How about Phillips or Miles?

"We're working through that right now," Daboll said. "Obviously, Tyre has some experience with us. We're working with Miles here and getting him acclimated to our system. So, we've used a couple other guys during practice, just in case something does happen, but those would be the guys.

"We have four new players on the offensive line that have been here for some less than a week, some less than two weeks. We're working tirelessly with them in terms of meetings, getting them up to speed on calls, practicing them at different spots. You have to have plans, too. If one guy gets hurt, then here's the next guy, they're not playing that spot. There's been a lot of shuffling. We're trying our best to have as best continuity as we can, but those are the circumstances we are faced with."

The Giants have had five different starting offensive line combinations in six games, tying them with Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis and New England for the league's highest total. They will certainly start a sixth against Washington, though the configuration won't be revealed until Sunday.

Daboll has coached in the NFL since 2000 and can't remember a scenario in which he's seen so much O-line shuffling.

"No excuses," he said. "This is the National Football League. People get hurt. You've got to get the next guy ready, and you've got to get ready to play a game."

*The only other player on the injury report is cornerback Adoree' Jackson, who is questionable with a neck injury.

*The Giants terminated the practice squad contract of veteran wide receiver Cole Beasley.

"Got a lot of respect for Cole," Daboll said. "Just decided that - kind of both parties had a good conversation, and he won't be on the practice squad."

View photos of the Giants on the practice field ahead of the Week 7 matchup against the Washington Commanders.


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