Eli Manning couldn't come away with a win in his return under center for the Giants on Monday night despite a valiant first-half effort. But, with Daniel Jones still dealing with his high ankle sprain, Manning should get another shot at home on Sunday against the Dolphins, right?
Head coach Pat Shurmur said not so fast on Tuesday.
Jones' timetable is 2-4 weeks for his sprain, which would suggest Manning would at least get one last game before handing the starting quarterback duties back to the rookie. But Shurmur said "that's not accurate" while speaking with reporters.
"Two things. First, I haven't been able to see Daniel move around, and then we'll just see where he's at to start the week," Shurmur said. "If Daniel can't go, the second thing would be that Eli would start.
"[Jones] was still, pretty much, in the protective boot at the end of last week. He was able to stand on the sideline without the boot. He's making progress, but it's hard for me to say exactly where he's at until we see him move around tomorrow."
So Jones won't be ruled out until the end of the week -- if that's the case at all. Shurmur's comments tell us that the Giants want Jones to get as many reps as possible before the end of the season. Instead of playing it extra cautious with Jones being the future of the franchise, Shurmur won't hesitate putting him back in if he's given the OK to do so.
"Absolutely. When he's ready to play, he'll go back in and play," Shurmur said.
But what about Manning? If this is his last season as a Giant and potentially his career, wouldn't one last home game be in the cards?
"No, I haven't really thought of that," Shurmur said. "That's not something that we discuss."
The week of practice will tell us who will actually get the nod, so there is a chance Manning might be right back on the sideline on Sunday.