Daniel Jones is one step away from returning to the Giants.
Head coach Joe Judge told Los Angeles-based media that Jones will participate in non-contact practice Thursday, according to reports. That is in line with Step 4 of the five-step NFL protocol for returning from a concussion.
There is no established timeline for progressing from one step to the next because all concussions vary on severity of symptoms, but Jones now would only need to gain clearance from an independent neurologist to play Sunday against the Rams.
“He seems like he is doing fine,” offensive coordinator Jason Garrett said at the Giants facility before practice, at around the same time Judge was speaking with reporters who cover the Rams. “He seems like himself, so we’ll just do it day-by-day.”
The Giants now are walking a fine line between using Jones as a runner – a big-play generator for their offense – and worrying about his safety. But it doesn’t sound like Garrett will be changing his play-calling.
“We would never put a player back out there if he wasn’t healthy enough to play,” Garrett said. “Certainly in a situation with a concussion, we wouldn’t do that as an organization, as a coaching staff. We care too much about these guys to put them in situations where they weren’t right. So, if he’s back and ready to go, we’re going to play football and ask him to do what we need to do.”