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Daniel Jones in pads, sprinting, taking snaps in concussion recovery ahead of Rams matchup

Pat Leonard, New York Daily News on

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NEW YORK — Giants quarterback Daniel Jones unexpectedly already looks like he will be a go for Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams.

Jones will be listed as “did not practice” for Wednesday. Head coach Joe Judge even said prior to practice that Jones would not be on the field.

But a strange scene unfolded: as Judge was still addressing the media, Jones walked out onto the practice field with his pads, started warming up, jogging and taking snaps as the second-string QB.

Then Jones was sprinting full speed, taking real snaps and making normal throws on the back field as his teammates practiced.

Judge said before practice that Jones was an option to play Sunday.

“From all the information we have, yes, if he’s cleared medically,” the coach said.

But Jones’ return to significant on-field work was a surprisingly rapid progression given his Sunday concussion against the Dallas Cowboys.

There are five steps for a player to clear the concussion protocol, per the league’s collective bargaining agreement with the NFL Players’ Association.

Step one is rest and recovery. Step two adds light aerobic exercise. Step three incorporates continued aerobic exercise and introduces strength training. Step four enters the player into football specific activities. Step five puts the player through full football activity and clearance.

 

By that terminology, Jones is already step four of that process in just his third day since the head injury.

A player has to complete each step “without a recurrence of signs or symptoms of concussion,” with his neurocognitive testing returning to baseline levels. And if a player’s testing doesn’t return to baseline levels after an increase in activity, the typical interval to repeat that testing is 48 hours.

Obviously it would be encouraging for the Giants (1-4) to get Jones back, given how tough it will be to beat the visiting L.A. Rams (4-1) even if he plays.

Still, it was unexpected that he would do this much on the field Wednesday.

It’s not the Green Bay Packers clearing Davante Adams from a concussion just minutes after being knocked out in a game, but it is surprising.

Elsewhere on the injury front, RB Saquon Barkley (sprained left ankle) and WR Kenny Golladay (hyperextended knee) did not practice, with both expected to miss multiple weeks.

Left tackle Andrew Thomas (left foot) and left guard Matt Skura (unknown injury) were on the side with trainers, not practicing. This would seem to indicate that Wes Martin rotated in at left guard at Dallas because Skura had gotten hurt in-game.

Encouragingly, wide receiver Sterling Shepard (hamstring), who has missed the last two games, returned to practice. So did safety Jabrill Peppers (hamstring), who missed the Cowboys game. And Darius Slayton (hamstring), while limited, was on the field in uniform.

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