Giants QB Jones to start vs. Cards, source says


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones will start Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals after missing last week’s game with a hamstring injury, a source told ESPN.

Jones practiced this week and was officially listed as questionable for the contest. But the Giants liked what they saw and Jones passed a final test on Saturday.

The Giants (5-7) have been “optimistic” about the prospects of Jones’ return throughout the week. He had been trending in the right direction, and was listed as a full participant in practice Friday for the first time since the injury.

Judge was hoping to have a strong idea of his starter against the Cardinals by Friday night. It seemed to be leaning in Jones’ favor.

“Look, I’m fairly optimistic,” Judge said before Friday’s practice. “At the same time, there is a ways to go and we have to be fair to him. I’m going to talk with the trainers and medical team and coaches to make sure we’re all on the same page and do the right thing by this guy.”

The first-place Giants (5-7) made plans for Sunday with and without Jones, just in case. They are looking for their fifth straight win.

Jones started the first 11 games of the season before injuring the hamstring two weeks ago against the Cincinnati Bengals. He has completed 63.2% of his passes for 2,335 yards with eight touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Colt McCoy, who started last week with Jones out, went 13-of-22 passing for 105 yards with a touchdown and an interception against the Seahawks. He did enough for the Giants to win, but the offense doesn’t have the same big-play ability with him at the helm. McCoy attempted one pass longer than 20 yards; it was his final one, and it came up short, falling incomplete to Sterling Shepard. He also didn’t provide much by way of his legs, finishing with two rushing attempts for 2 yards.

Jones is second on the Giants with 403 yards on 55 carries (7.3 YPC). But it’s unlikely he will be the same rushing threat he was before hurting his hamstring.

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