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Giants’ Daniel Jones (hamstring) leaves vs Bengals, replaced by Colt McCoy

Daniel Jones, Colt McCoy, Giants, Bengals

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones has left his team’s game versus the Cincinnati Bengals. After completing a play, Jones went to the ground slowly with an apparent pulled hamstring. He was seen grabbing his left leg. Colt McCoy replaced him with New York’s drive still in progress.

Daniel Jones’ injury for the Giants occurs against the backdrop of other fluid quarterback situations in the NFC East. Whether due to injury or ineffectiveness, all NFC East teams have at least contemplated a change at quarterback. Jalen Hurts of the Philadelphia Eagles has taken some reps with the first team in practice this past week. The Dallas Cowboys and Washington Football Team have changed quarterbacks this season — Dallas due to injury, Washington due to ineffectiveness and injury.

Coming midway through the third quarter, the apparent strain seemed to come on a seven-yard dash by the sophomore quarterback, that brought the Giants to Cincinnati’s 21-yard line, and netted New York a first down. While the QB was able to stay in for an additional two plays, including a completed short pass that he took out of the shotgun, Jones was forced to leave the game because of his inability to move around in the pocket.

While the sight of Daniel Jones exiting the field without the assistance of the team’s medical staff was likely a welcome sight for the Giants considering the circumstances, the loss of their starting play caller is undeniably a heavy blow for a team that is improbably still in contention for the NFC East crown.

With Jones unavailable the Giants will be dependent on McCoy to pace the scoring unit. A 10-year veteran out of the University of Texas, McCoy joined New York earlier this year, following a six-year stint in Washington. While he is viewed around the league as a solid backup option, McCoy boasts a lousy record of 7-21 as a starter, and lacks the athletic ability of Jones to scramble or stretch the field.

The Giants lead late in the third quarter.