A right hamstring injury prevented New York Giants' quarterback Daniel Jones from finishing a victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, but it won't end his second NFL season.
NFL Media's Ian Rapoport went as far as saying Monday that there's "an outside chance" that Jones will be able to play Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, though he did acknowledge that the more likely scenario is that Colt McCoy will end up starting for the Giants. Still, Rapoport said the hamstring injury "is not major," and seemed to suggest there's a very real possibility Jones is able to return in Week 14, when the Giants are slated to host Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals.
With nine interceptions and seven fumbles, Jones has hardly assured that he'll be the team's long-term quarterback. However, given that the Giants have now won three consecutive games, they've likely played their way out of the territory of either Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence or Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields in the 2021 NFL Draft. That doesn't necessarily mean that the Giants won't consider other quarterback options in the draft, though if Dave Gettleman is still the team's general manager, it seems difficult to imagine him using another first-round pick on a quarterback.
One way that Jones could assure that he remains the Giants' starting quarterback for at least another season is to lead the Giants to the postseason. Even at 4-7, Joe Judge's team finds themselves tied atop the lowly NFC East with The Washington Football Team, a team they've beaten twice in 2020. Whether Jones is able to make it back and play in time to face the Seahawks or not, it feels fair to assume that there will be quite a bit of attention on the 23-year-old over the final month of the season, as the Giants attempt to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2016.