In a perfect world, the Giants would throw everything they have at the high-powered Rams on Sunday. But it’s far from a perfect world, and they’ll have to settle for getting their concussed quarterback back against one of the best pass rushes in the league.
The Giants have a slew of injuries — running back Saquon Barkley (ankle) and wide receiver Kenny Golladay (knee) are out — but Daniel Jones passed concussion protocol and is slated to play Sunday after suffering a massive helmet-to-helmet hit last week against the Cowboys.
Jones was a full go at practice Friday and went through simulated contact before consulting with a third-party neurologist. He was not listed on the Giants’ subsequent injury report.
And though the Rams certainly know how to get to a quarterback — they’re tied for fifth in the league in sacks with 14 — coach Joe Judge said he trusts that the medical staff wouldn’t put Jones at any undue risk.
"They have a very clear job in terms of getting our players healthy and determining their health and availability for the game," he said.
"If I get involved one way or the other with an emotional decision, that’s not always going to be the right decision. It may be a situation where I know we really need a player and I want to get him on the field, but medically that may not be the right decision.
"It may be a situation where I think maybe this guy is not ready to play, but if I’ve got every expert and doctor and trainer saying, ‘This guy’s fully cleared to play, Joe. He’s not at risk of getting hurt again. He’s fine,’ I’ve got to trust those opinions."
Jones suffered his concussion in the second quarter of the Giants’ loss to the Cowboys on a collision near the goal line. The play began with him trying to make it into the end zone on a bootleg but instead suffering a helmet-to-helmet hit from linebacker Jabril Cox before his head also hit the turf. He was able to get up and take a step, but then lost his footing and had to be propped up by other players. He was carted off the field and did not return to the sideline.
Although Judge said he wouldn’t speak about that play specifically — there was no penalty, because it was Jones who led with his helmet — he said the Giants and Jones continue to work on the fundamentals, including player safety.
"Daniel’s a very competitive player," he said. "I think there’s an element with Daniel where he doesn’t want the guys to see him slide and step out of bounds because he wants them to know that he’s in it with them. He wants to go out there and he’s a part of contact . . .
"What we’ve had to explain to him is, there’s a time and a place for that and there’s also a time and a place to protect the team by sliding, getting out of bounds and making the right decision. That’s not always the easiest thing for a competitor to hear."
Notes & quotes: WRs Kadarius Toney (ankle) and Darius Slayton (hamstring) were listed as questionable and WR Sterling Shepard (hamstring) is slated to play. OL Andrew Thomas (foot) and OL Ben Bredeson (hand) also are questionable. LB Justin Hilliard (ankle) was placed on injured reserve.