QB Daniel Jones
December 16, 2020
Q: With this ankle in addition to the hamstring, what are you more concerned about? How debilitating is the ankle now? How worried are you about playing on Sunday?
A: I’m just taking it day by day and doing my best to listen to the trainers, listen to the coaches and get healthy and prepare mentally and physically to play. That’s my job right now, and that’s just kind of where my focus is.
Q: Is the ankle, that obviously came about last week, how concerned are you with the ankle? A typical low ankle sprain, is that what it is?
A: Yeah, it’s sore and part of playing the game. But like I said, just focused on healing up and doing everything I can to prepare to play on Sunday.
Q: How did you feel today at practice?
A: I felt good. Just continued to follow the plan and feel good throughout the week, and like I said, get ready to play.
Q: There seemed to be at times, you would make a throw and you would kind of bounce off your leg really quick or you guys were backpedaling… you seemed to be very careful with certain things. How much were you not able to do?
A: Just throughout the game and playing the game, you get bumps and bruises, you get things that kind of get sore as the game goes on. Luckily, I get time now to work on it, to heal up, to get healthy and that’s where I’m focused now.
Q: I was kind of talking about at practice today, to be honest with you.
A: Yeah, felt good at practice today.
Q: When did you actually hurt your ankle?
A: I think it was some point about midway through the game.
Q: Like on a sack?
A: It was a hit in the pocket.
Q: Does your hamstring feel better this week or does it feel the same? Where is that at compared to last week?
A: The hamstring feels good. I’ll continue to work on that and work to get that healthy as well. The hamstring feels good, and just continuing to stay on the recovery there.
Q: Did your playing with the hamstring on Sunday at all lead to you getting this ankle injury? Did your lack of mobility play into that?
A: No, I don’t think it did. I think the play where I got hit, it had nothing to do with my hamstring and I don’t think it had any effect on that at all.
Q: Have you had any conversations with Joe (Judge) about being more communicative about injuries? He talked a little bit today, he said he has to trust his eyes more and you’re not one that’s going to volunteer when these things come up. Have you had any conversations with him about that?
A: Yeah, me and Coach talk a lot. I let him know when I’m not feeling great. My job is to play, my job is to prepare to play and to play when I can play. That’s what I’m in control of, that’s where my mind is. Right now, I have to do everything I can to prepare mentally and physically to play. That’s where I’m focused.
Q: I know that you want to play obviously, and I know that in the end, it’s the doctors and your coach I would assume who make the call. Would it ever enter your mind that with a sore hamstring, with a sore ankle, that going out there would hurt the team? Is that you would consider?
A: That’s not a decision that’s up to me. I don’t make those decisions. My job is to prepare to play and do everything I can to be prepared. I’m working as hard as I can to get healthy and working with the trainers.
Q: I admire you for wanting to go out there and play, for wanting to take your job as seriously as you do. But with that said, do you find yourself struggling sometimes with balancing that desire to go out there and be competitive versus being smart about it and listening to your body? Do you just find yourself saying ‘I’m going to go out there no matter what’?
A: I don’t think so. My job is to play and to prepare to play, and I certainly feel like I can. That’s my job to do that, to get healthy and work with the trainers to be prepared to play.
Q: Obviously, when part of your body is not 100 percent, sometimes you tend to compensate. Sometimes that might change your gate or your motion or whatnot. Have you noticed that watching yourself on film, or do you feel that when you go through practice?
A: No, I don’t really feel that. I feel good. I need to stay on top of the rehab, the treatment and do what I can to get back out there.