New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones has been out with a neck injury since Week 12, and it looks as if the team has officially pulled the plug on any chance for him to return in 2021. According to ESPN's Jordan Raanan, the Giants are shutting Jones down for the remainder of the season due to his lingering neck injury.
The Giants are shutting down QB Daniel Jones for the remainder of the season because of his neck injury, per source. A premature end to his third professional season. There is optimism the injury is not expected to affect Jones’ long-term future.
— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) December 20, 2021
The Giants don't want to risk further harm to their third-year quarterback by trotting him back out there during a losing season. Wisely, the team has opted to shut him down, though Ranaan notes the neck injury isn't expected to impact Jones' long-term furure.
Per Dan Duggan, Giants' Head Athletic Trainer Ronnie Barnes issued a statement on the team's decision regarding Jones.
Giants made the rare step of having head trainer Ronnie Barnes release a statement on Daniel Jones’ injury: pic.twitter.com/CJLLRBRNma
— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) December 20, 2021
As Barnes notes, Jones still has not been cleared for contact after consulting with multiple doctors. The Giants, in turn, decided to play the 24-year-old on Injured Reserve for the remainder of the season, giving him time to rest and recover ahead of the 2022 campaign.
The true nature of Jones' injury remains unclear, though the Giants have described it as a neck strain since the ailment was sustained. The statements put out by Barnes, however, seem to suggest it's something more serious. The team has yet to offer any other diagnosis on Jones' ailment apart from the neck strain, so that's what fans have to go with for now.
Joe Judge would not give any diagnosis on Daniel Jones' injury beyond what the team has said — "strained neck."
It obviously is something more than that, but the Giants are not yet ready to reveal that.
— Ralph Vacchiano (@RalphVacchiano) December 20, 2021
In 2021, Jones started 11 games, amassing a 4-7 record as the starting QB. He threw 10 touchdown passes and seven interceptions for the Giants, while completing 64.3% of his pass attempts (a career-high) for 2,428 yards. Jones added two rushing touchdowns this season but fumbled seven times.
He'll get the chance to recover ahead of a crucial fourth season in New York, where it will be make or break for the former Duke product.