In the battle to come out top of the trash heap that is the NFC East, the New York Giants could be without starting quarterback Daniel Jones for a while after he sustained a hamstring injury Sunday.
Jones left in the third quarter of the Giants 19-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals after grabbing the back of his right leg. The win put New York into first place in the NFC East.
ESPN’s Jordan Raanan cited an unnamed source to report Sunday the initial belief is that it is a "pretty bad" hamstring injury for Jones.
“We have seen guys air on the side of caution, we have seen teams air on the side of caution with a hamstring,” NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said on Monday. “It’s not gonna get any better with playing. That is why the Giants as of right now, do face the prospect of not having Daniel Jones for a little bit now.”
If Jones is unable to go, the Giants will turn to former Washington Football Team quarterback Colt McCoy, who came on in relief of Jones Sunday.
McCoy went six-for-10 for 31 yards, good enough for a 65 passer rating and 23.1 QBR.
The injury comes at a bad time for the Giants as their next four games come against teams with winning records. They travel to Seattle next week before hosting Arizona, hosting Cleveland, and visiting Baltimore.
Giants head coach Joe Judge said Sunday he was optimistic about the injury.
“Yeah, I would say I'm optimistic [about next week] at this point right now. Now I don't want to go ahead and say 'Yay' or 'Nay' because I don't have the medical information at this time," Judge told the media after the game. "But I am optimistic just knowing what he's played through before and how he's handled different things.
“Again, I have to be fair to the player. I don't know how he feels physically. I don't know what the severity of the injury is. So I have to make sure I have that information. Obviously, we don't want to put any player on the field if they can't properly defend themselves or compete."