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Giants coach Joe Judge not thrilled with how Daniel Jones discussed his hamstring injury entering finale

Giants quarterback Daniel Jones jogs off the field

Giants quarterback Daniel Jones jogs off the field following a three and out against the Ravens in the first half at M&T Bank Stadium on Dec. 27, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. Credit: Getty Images/Rob Carr

Daniel Jones may not be fleet of foot these days, but he perhaps has proved able to put one in his mouth.

"I read Daniel’s comments [from Wednesday]," Joe Judge said Thursday. "Probably a little more forthcoming than I would have been with it right there."

Judge was asked about and was referring to Jones’ admission that the hamstring injury he has been dealing with for more than a month likely will limit his ability to move around and make plays on the run in Sunday’s game against the Cowboys. Jones essentially said he will be limited to being a pocket passer until he is healthy.

All of which has been interpreted by many as a ruse to play mind games with the Cowboys’ defense. Jones was a full participant in Thursday’s practice, just as he was on Wednesday.

There is some validity to his remarks, though. In the two games he has played since he injured his hamstring against the Bengals, he has rushed only one time for 3 yards on a scramble and has been sacked 12 times. He has not had any designed carries.

"There’s no question he’s not 100% in terms of his mobility," offensive coordinator Jason Garrett said. "We recognize that, he recognizes that. But you certainly want him to be functional. He’s a very good pocket quarterback and that’s probably where we’ll spend most of the day."

Even Judge, who seemed irked by Jones’ sudden burst of honesty and detail, would not contradict his quarterback’s statements when it came to the idea that his injuries have shrunk the playbook.

"We’ll do whatever it takes to win the game," Judge said. "But again, I can’t stress it enough, [I will] always put the players’ health in consideration on how we call the game. I can’t turn around and, as you said, ‘take the gloves off.’ Well, the gloves come off and you expose someone to long-term injury, that’s not always the most opportune thing . . . We’re going to make sure that we always put our players in a position of strength, and that includes their health."

For Jones, that position would seem to be firmly planted in the pocket.

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