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Jones said Wednesday that the surgery on his right knee didn't uncover any additional damage and added that his goal is to be ready to play by training camp next year, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.
Jones underwent right knee surgery Nov. 22, and he explained Wednesday that no damage aside from the ACL was discovered during the procedure. That should help to some extent in his desire to be ready to participate by the start of training camp next July, though how he progresses through the rehabilitation process will ultimately determine his return timeline. The Giants gave Jones a four-year, $160 million contract extension this past March with $35.5 million guaranteed for 2024, so he figures to be their starting quarterback next season, though the ACL injury could feasibly cost him to miss some games at the start of the campaign if his recovery goes more slowly than he hopes.
Thompson-Robinson (concussion) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Petrak relays that Joe Flacco took the first-team reps, while Thompson-Robinson worked with the second-team offense in his return to practice. Head coach Kevin Stefanski wasn't ready to name a starting quarterback Wednesday, saying he wanted to see things play out in practice this week before deciding on a starter for Sunday's game against Jacksonville. The early signs point to Flacco getting the nod, especially after his competent showing while directing the offense in this past Sunday's loss to the Rams. Additionally, Thompson-Robinson has yet to officially clear the five-step concussion protocol, and until he does, he won't be a candidate to start Week 14.
Beathard (shoulder) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Trevor Lawrence, meanwhile, predictably was a non-participant just two days after suffering a high ankle sprain, though he seemed in good spirits when he met with the media and hasn't been ruled out for Sunday's game against Cleveland. It looked like Beathard hurt his wrist after replacing Lawrence in Sunday's eventual overtime loss to the Bengals, but it turns out it's a shoulder injury that has the backup QB listed on Jacksonville's Week 14 injury report. Beathard won't have the full complement of weapons if he ends up starting, as Christian Kirk is expected to miss multiple weeks -- and possibly the rest of the season -- after suffering a core muscle injury Monday night.
Carr (concussion/rib/right shoulder) practiced in a limited capacity Wednesday, John Hendrix of SI.com reports.
Just three days removed from sustaining a concussion in addition to injuries to his ribs and right shoulder, Carr was able throw and even sprint during the portion of Wednesday's session open to the media. Coach Dennis Allen told Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football that Carr remains in the protocol for head injuries but "feels pretty good" with the other two health concerns. Still, Carr's availability will be subject to an independent neurologist in order to play Sunday versus the Panthers, and this time around he won't have the benefit of a bye week to do so like he did after getting concussed back in Week 10.
Hill didn't practice Wednesday due to foot and left hand injuries, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.
Hill's weekly role in the Saints offense seemingly is matchup dependent, with his carry counts ranging from one to 13 and targets from one to eight this season. Overall, he's tallied 575 yards from scrimmage and five touchdowns and also recorded one TD through the air in 12 games. With health concerns now in tow, though, Hill has joined starting quarterback Derek Carr (concussion/shoulder/rib) on the team's Week 14 injury report. Hill will have two more sessions this week to put himself in a position to play Sunday against the Panthers.
Carr (concussion/shoulder/ribs) was seen at the media-access portion of Wednesday's practice, Brooke Kirchhofer of NewOrleans.Football reports.
Carr was driven into the ground during this past Sunday's loss to the Lions, incurring a roughing the passer penalty and also a trio of injuries. On Monday, coach Dennis Allen told John Hendrix of SI.com that Carr's shoulder appeared to check out OK, but the quarterback was in the concussion protocol for the second time in a three-game span and also had a rib issue. Considering he looked like himself while throwing passes and also sprinted at one point Wednesday, Carr seems likely to be at least a limited participant to kick off Week 14 prep.
Barkley signed with the Giants' practice squad Wednesday, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports.
Barkley was waived from the team's 53-man roster Monday due to the expected return of Tyrod Taylor (ribs), but the USC product will ultimately remain with the franchise as a member of their practice squad.
Lawrence (ankle) won't practice Wednesday, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports.
Lawrence never stood a chance to practice Wednesday after exiting Monday's loss to the Bengals with what was later diagnosed as a high ankle sprain. The Jaguars haven't ruled him out for Sunday's game against Cleveland, but it'll be surprising if he's able to play. C.J. Beathard is Jacksonville's backup quarterback.
Head coach Kevin Stefanski said he wants to observe practice throughout the week before deciding between Flacco and Dorian Thompson-Robinson (concussion) as the team's starting quarterback for Sunday's matchup with Jacksonville, Zac Jackson of The Athletic reports.
The starting nod will default to Flacco if Thompson-Robinson doesn't clear the five-step concussion protocol, though the rookie's return to practice Wednesday suggests he's on the right track to do just that. While filling in for Thompson-Robinson in this past Sunday's 36-19 loss to the Rams, Flacco completed 23 of 44 passes for 254 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, numbers that made him a modest upgrade compared to what Thompson-Robinson and P.J. Walker have provided in starting roles this season.
Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski said that Thompson-Robinson (concussion) will return to practice Wednesday, but a decision has yet to be made on a Week 14 starting quarterback, Chris Easterling of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Thompson-Robinson remains in the concussion protocol, but his ability to practice in some capacity Wednesday represents progress on some level after the rookie quarterback sat out last week's loss to the Rams. While veteran Joe Flacco didn't exactly light up the Rams while starting in Thompson-Robinson's absence, his 254 passing yards and two touchdowns (albeit on 44 attempts) surpasses what the Browns have seen from Thompson-Robinson in any of his three starts this season. The rookie signal-caller may thus find himself in a backup role to Flacco if he clears the protocol before Sunday's matchup with the Jaguars.