QB Daniel Jones
December 2, 2020
Q: How are you feeling and what have you been able to do and not do so far?
A: I’m feeling good and it’s healing, recovering, so just trying to take it day by day, do what the trainers and doctors are telling me to do and follow their guidance on all that stuff. It’s feeling better and certainly working hard to make sure it keeps going that way.
Q: How do you view how realistic it is to be back this week? And how do you balance that between short-term obviously for this week and then long-term trying to win the division here and this is a key final five games?
A: I think as far as my approach, I certainly want to play and I want to be out there and doing everything I can to get out there. Where that puts me or how I recover depends on what I do day to day and that’s what my focus is, on what I’m doing and focusing on healing up.
Q: The traditional question to ask players in your situation is ‘If there was a game today, would you be able to go?’ I know you didn’t practice today, but do you feel like you’re close enough that you’d be able to gut something out today?
A: I’m not sure. I think, luckily, there’s not a game today and to think of a hypothetical here, I’m sure we all use the week to prepare our bodies to play on Sundays. That’s part of the schedule and the way it works for all of us, so I’m not sure. My goal is to continue to improve throughout the week.
Q: Was there any relief for you that this doesn’t seem to be something that’s going to cost you the rest of the season?
A: Yeah, I think as far as where it puts me and how I recover, that’s up to me, up to how I approach this process and I’m doing everything I can to get back as soon as possible.
Q: We were told you worked with the trainers today. What were you doing with the trainers? What were you able to do? Are you at the point where you can even run on the leg at this point?
A: Just working with them in the training room doing treatment and certain exercises just to try to help it heal. Exactly what we did, I’m not sure we’re going to talk about that, but it was good. It was feeling better and I’m working to progress it every day.
Q: do you think in hindsight you made it any worse by coming back into the game for a couple plays?
A: I don’t think so. I think at that point I was obviously wanting to be back in the game and thought I could and wanted to give it a shot, so I don’t think I made it any worse. I thought I could go back out there.
Q: Talking to some people who have had hamstring injuries, a lot of what they say is the only thing that helps it is rest. Is it fair to say that the only thing that’s going to make it better is you not doing much?
A: Like I said, rest and recovery through the week is a big part of getting healthy and playing games on Sundays for everyone in the NFL. Certainly use the week to recover. I think rest is a piece of it, but there’s also a number of other things that go into the healing process and just making sure I recover as quickly as I can.
Q: I know this isn’t the same as injuries you’ve had in the past, but what experience are you drawing from those injuries you’ve had in the past as far as balancing being patient versus pushing yourself to get back on the field as quickly as possible?
A: Yeah, I think my approach has always been to try to get back as soon as possible and I think you understand where your body is, what you can do and I think every injury is different. You’ve got to listen to your body, but at the end of the day, as soon as I can get back on the field and recover, I want to be out there, so that’s my goal.
Q: We know what the physical toll and the recovery needs to be this week. Are you keeping the mental side – the preparation – the same as you would if you weren’t dealing with this injury? And as far as the meetings go and stuff like that, I would imagine your role hasn’t changed much in terms of you guys getting together and putting this game plan together for Sunday?
A: Certainly preparing the way I always do to play and making sure that while I’m not in practice today, still getting those reps and making sure I understand what exactly we’re doing and prepare myself to play. That’s certainly my approach this week as it would be any.
Q: You talked a lot at the beginning of the season about your relationship with [Quarterback] Colt [McCoy] and how he’s helped you in that respect. I’m just curious, if the roles reverse this week, how do you approach that relationship with him if he’s the one who ends up getting the start on Sunday?
A: The approach we’ve both taken throughout this year is to prepare to play and I know every week that he hasn’t played, he’s been prepared to play. He does a great job watching tape and understanding the game plan, knowing what we’re doing and preparing to play. That’s certainly the approach that we both take every week and I certainly wouldn’t skip doing that this week.