QB Daniel Jones -- December 4, 2019
Q: You expressed on Monday that youíd be confident that youíd be able to play. What happened since then?
A: I guess just the MRI and looking into it, I think, yeah. Obviously, I want to be out there and weíll see how it heals, but yeah, I think just the MRI.
Q: Did you sense something was wrong other than just soreness after going in the tent?
A: Yeah, it hurt. I mean, I knew something was wrong, but I didnít know if it would keep me from playing or not. But, yeah.
Q: Was that the reason why you went in the blue medical tent, or did you get hurt again later on in the game?
A: That was it right there on that drive when it happened. I kind of knew right when it happened.
Q: How difficult is it to play through the high ankle sprain? They can be pretty tricky and horrible to play through.
A: It was all right. I mean, it wasnít the same. I felt it, but it was all right, something I could manage.
Q: How disappointing is this?
A: Itís pretty disappointing, especially after thinking I was going to be able to play. Meanwhile, I understand it, I guess, and hopefully itíll heal up pretty quick.
Q: What are the chances you come back in the next three or four weeks?
A: I think theyíre good. I think every day since, Iíve been feeling better and I think it should heal up pretty quickly.
Q: Do you still think there is a chance to play Monday night, or have you pretty much been told no.
A: I think right now Iím going to take it day by day and see how it feels and do the best I can to heal as quickly as I can. So, weíll see.
Q: Sometimes when quarterbacks get hurt, especially young quarterbacks, you have to take a step back and see things differently. It happened last year with (Sam) Darnold, he was able to kind of see things from the bench. Do you kind of anticipate that youíll be looking to learn things not playing and maybe get a different perspective?
A: Yeah, I guess itís an opportunity to do that. Obviously, you want to be playing, and I feel like the best way to learn is to play, but there is an opportunity in learning, watching, and yeah, Iíll try to do the best I can to do that.
Q: Youíve played through worse injuries than this. Is it tough to hear the news that you canít play through this one?
A: Yeah, I mean, itís disappointing. You want to play, everyone wants to play. I certainly wonít play, but I do understand it and itís my job to get healthy as quick as I can.
Q: Do you have an appreciation foróyou know, Eli (Manning) never had to miss a game because of injury over like 15 years almostódo you kind of have an appreciation for how incredible that streak is?
A: Yeah, I mean, I think so. I obviously have a ton of respect for him for a lot of different reasons, but yeah, thatís one of them.
Q: Saquon (Barkley) had a similar injury. I believe yours is not as severe. Have you checked with him yet at all about dealing with a high ankle sprain?
A: Yeah, Iíve talked to him a little bit in terms of severity. Iím not sure, but we play different positions and are asked to different things, so I think Iíll be able to recover pretty quickly.
Q: Have you thought about getting a second opinion from an outside doctor, or have they told you to get a second opinion?
A: I think the doctors Iíve seen here have been helpful and Iím confident in what Iíve heard here. I think, like Iíve said, I have the opportunity to heal up pretty quickly, so I look forward to doing it.
Q: What was Saquonís advice on how to deal with high ankle sprains?
A: Obviously, he took his time to recover and it feels better now, he doesnít have any issues with it now. So, I think just to listen to the trainers and to listen to the doctors and make sure Iím doing everything I can to recover as quickly as I can.
Q: What were Eliís last eight weeks like in the meeting room for you guys? Was he doing the same things for you that you were doing for him like the first two weeks, or is it different, heís been there, done that?
A: Itís a little different. I mean, I think what he can help me with is a lot different from what I can help him with. Just trying to help him out and if he doesnít have time to watch a certain game or doesnít have time to look at something, maybe I can do it, whereas heís watching a lot of things with me and trying to take me through a lot of different things. So, I think thatís a little bit different role, but I did the best I can to help out.
Q: When was the last time you hurt your ankle this badly, and how did you handle it?
A: I had a high ankle last year at Duke and it was on the other leg. I was able to play through it. So, it takes time to heal, but Iím confident Iíll be able to heal.
Q: You missed a game or two at Duke though last year, right? What was that?
A: That was a collarbone. I broke my collarbone.
Q: So, if you played through a high ankle sprain, this one must be worse. Does it feel worse?
A: Yeah, I mean, itís tough to tell a year from now, but Iím confident Iíll heal pretty quickly and be back out there soon.