New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones has successfully undergone surgery to repair his right knee’s ACL. However, he now faces a recovery period of eight to ten months.
The surgery was performed at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York by team physician Dr. Scott Rodeo. If Jones follows an eight-month recovery timeline, he would be ready for the start of next summer’s training camp.
Jones, who suffered the ACL injury on November 5 against the Las Vegas Raiders, shared his perspective during an appearance on the “Up and Adams Show” on Tuesday. He emphasized focusing on the immediate steps towards recovery rather than speculating about the distant future.
The Giants had previously signed Jones to a four-year, $160 million contract, with an additional $35.5 million guaranteed for next season. However, the current season did not unfold as planned, with the Giants facing multiple challenges beyond Jones’ performance. In six games this season, Jones threw only two touchdown passes, was intercepted six times, and sacked 30 times.
The uncertain nature of Jones’ future with the team has been further compounded by the Giants’ expected high draft pick in the upcoming year.
In Jones’ absence, undrafted rookie Tommy DeVito has started the last two games for the Giants, who currently sit at a 3-8 record and last place in the NFC East. Veteran backup Tyrod Taylor is on injured reserve due to a rib cage injury.
Jones deliberately waited 17 days before undergoing surgery to allow for the reduction of swelling and to strengthen the muscles surrounding the knee. Notably, he was seen walking with only a slight limp in the locker room just last week.
The injury occurred when Jones was in the pocket during the final play of the first quarter against the Raiders. His right knee gave way while attempting to move, and subsequent efforts to return to the game proved futile.
The season began with high expectations, but it ended with few accomplishments and a devastating injury for Jones, who had also missed three games earlier in the season due to a neck injury.
During Jones’ starts this season, the Giants managed only a 1-5 record, and he posted a QBR of 39.1. In the previous season, Jones had an impressive QBR of 62.9, leading the Giants to the playoffs and delivering a near-flawless performance in a postseason victory over the Minnesota Vikings.
Reflecting on his situation, Jones acknowledged the challenges but remained determined to recover and return stronger, emphasizing the resilience required in the face of adversity.