There is no fear within the Giants front office, coaching staff and medical department that Daniel Jones will miss the remainder of the season, even as the $160 million quarterback is set to miss his third consecutive game with a neck injury when the Giants face the Jets Sunday at MetLife Stadium.
Jones is “close’’ to returning, a source told the Post, meaning he could be cleared for contact in the coming days. If that happens, he has a chance to play in the Week 9 game against the Raiders in Las Vegas. More likely, Jones would be available for the Week 10 home game against the Cowboys.
That is the game the Giants are looking at more closely as a possible return date, according to ESPN.
Jones is dealing with an issue on the left side of his neck.
The key is getting Jones back to full strength on that side, the source indicated.
Jones, 26, said on Wednesday he is not yet completely symptom-free. Previously, he said he felt symptoms not only in the left side of his neck but also in his left shoulder.
Jones was hurt Oct. 8 in a 31-16 loss to the Dolphins when linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel sacked him from behind.
Two weeks ago, coach Brian Daboll said there was no concern about Jones missing the remainder of the season.
On Friday, after ruling Jones out for the game against the Jets, Daboll was again asked if he believed Jones will play again this season.
“I don’t have a crystal ball with injuries, but he is getting better, and we’ll see where he is next week,’’ Daboll said.
Jones missed the final six games of the 2021 season with a neck injury but has maintained that this new neck injury is different from that neck issue.
Tyrod Taylor is 1-1 in his two starts as Jones’ replacement.
Daboll said Jones will regain his starting job when he is healthy.