The New York Giants’ already turbulent season took a severe hit on Sunday as their quarterback, Daniel Jones, suffered a potentially major knee injury, which some speculate could be a torn ACL, during their 30-6 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders, according to NFL Network insiders Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo.
Head coach Brian Daboll disclosed that Jones had an X-ray at the stadium after the game and will undergo further tests on Monday to assess the extent of the injury. This development is particularly distressing as Jones had just returned to action following a three-game absence due to a neck injury.
The injury occurred in the first quarter when Jones attempted to evade a sack, resulting in an awkward bend of his knee. He briefly returned to the field but suffered another knee injury during his dropback on the very next play.
Regarding this two-play sequence, Daboll stated, “He felt like he buckled, and then he was running it off. We went over to him, we talked to him, he said, ‘Nah, I’m good,’ and then went back in, and it obviously wasn’t.”
Jones, who was 4 of 9 for 25 yards at the time of his departure, received a medical evaluation in the blue medical tent before walking gingerly to the locker room. The Giants officially ruled him out at the beginning of the third quarter.
Tommy DeVito replaced Jones with the Giants trailing 7-0, but the deficit widened to 24 points by the time Jones’ day was over. DeVito, an undrafted rookie, completed 15 of 20 passes for 175 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions but was unable to lead the Giants to victory against the Raiders, who were under the guidance of interim head coach Antonio Pierce.
After the game, Jones was observed walking through the locker room without a limp or crutches, according to ESPN’s Jordan Raanan. However, the concern remains high that he may have suffered a significant injury, and Jones declined to answer questions from reporters.
The Giants are anxiously awaiting the results of further assessments on Monday, and with backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor already on injured reserve, they could be facing a challenging situation at the quarterback position.