It’s “very likely” that Eli Manning will have at least one more start with the New York Giants while Daniel Jones deals with an ankle injury.
Well, here we are. Eli Manning is “very likely” to start on Monday when the New York Giants take on the Philadelphia Eagles per Giants.com. The previously benched starter may have to take the reins once again with Daniel Jones dealing with a “moderate high ankle sprain.”
This news comes as somewhat of a shock after watching Jones play on Sunday. The rookie quarterback suffered the injury on a fourth-down play against the Green Bay Packers. Although it didn’t look great when it happened, he played through the injury and finished the game.
Can see Preston Smith land on Daniel Jones' right ankle on the fourth-down run: pic.twitter.com/INrd597Har
— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) December 2, 2019
Jones is currently wearing a walking boot and there’s no clear timetable on his return. Of course, the Giants will want to be cautious with their franchise quarterback, especially during what is essentially a lost season.
The Giants are already mathematically eliminated from the postseason and Jones has had plenty of time to get his feet wet as a starter. There’s no sense making him play through an injury that could jeopardize his health long-term.
Furthermore, Giants fans will have the opportunity for some closure with Manning taking his familiar place under center one more time. Should Jones miss more than one week, Manning will make at least one more start at MetLife Stadium in New York’s Week 15 matchup with the Miami Dolphins.
Making the switch to Jones midseason was the right call, but it’s nice to see the two-time Super Bowl MVP have one last hurrah in a Giants uniform.