East Rutherford, NJ (AP) — New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones has been ruled out of the third straight game with a neck injury.
The announcement that Jones has not been cleared for contact since sustaining an injury in a win over the Philadelphia Eagles on November 28 was not surprising.
Earlier this week, coach Joe Judge said veteran backup Mike Glennon would start for New York (4-9) against NFL pre-leading Dallas Cowboys (9-4) at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.
The biggest concern for the judge is the Giants’ COVID-19 cases, which include cornerbacks Adori Jackson and Aaron Robinson, safaris Xavier McKinney and JR Reed. Practice squad defensive back Nutrell Jamerson also tested positive on Friday.
McKinney, who leads the team with five interceptions, is in COVID-19 protocol because he has said he has not been vaccinated. The judge said that if he continues to test negative for COVID-19, he has been placed in isolation and will play.
“It’s something everyone in the league is dealing with,” safety Logan Ryan said on Friday. “Like I said, you can go there for practice and you only have five dB today, what exactly can you do and what can’t? To be honest, it’s an epidemic that’s out of our hands. You have to be honest. You have to be ready to adapt, adapt or die. You have to be ready to adapt and that’s what we’re doing.”
The judge said on Friday he was not planning on another player on the COVID-19 list to be available on Sunday, although he said it was possible they could get tested and play.
In addition to COVID1-9 people, the judge said several players had flu-like symptoms on Friday. He said he was being tested for coronavirus, but added that it is flu season.
Defensive backs Steven Parker and Jaren Williams, linebackers Reggie Ragland, Benardrick McKinney and Elerson Smith, and placekicker Graham Gano were all on injury reports on Friday with an illness.
For the game, guard Ben Bredesson (ankle) is suspect, while receiver Sterling Shepard (calf) and defensive linemen Austin Johnson (leg) and Leonard Williams (triceps) are suspects.
The Giants held a walk-through on Friday and plan to do a few more to catch up on Saturday. The judge plans to take a closer look at Leonard Williams to see if his star lineman is ready.
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