EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — New York Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones was limited in practice for the second straight workout on Thursday, increasing the likelihood two-time Super Bowl Eli Manning will start this weekend.
Jones, who replaced Manning as the starter in the third week of the season, missed Monday night’s loss in Philadelphia with a sprained right ankle.
The sixth pick overall in this year’s draft, Jones took part in a jog-through workout on Wednesday. He was limited in Thursday’s more full-paced practice for the Giants (2-11).
Coach Pat Shurmur said Jones is making progress but he could not say whether he would be ready for Sunday’s game at MetLife Stadium against the Miami Dolphins (3-10).
“Just like any injury, it’s a process to come back,” said Shurmur, who said he could wait until game day to choose his starter.
Manning was 15 of 30 for 203 yards and two touchdowns in the 23-17 overtime loss. He did not throw an interception.
“Eli is an outstanding player, so to go back to him is a good thing,” Shurmur said. “You never want to have an injury to anybody, but in our system, Eli going out there, he can execute at a very high level and he’s done it for many years.”
The Giants could be without a couple of key players against the Dolphins.
Right guard Kevin Zeitler, who has not been out for a game since the 2014 season, missed practice for the second straight day with wrist and ankle injuries sustained Monday.
Second-year pro Nick Gates will replace him, if necessary. He has never started a regular-season game at guard,
Cornerback Janoris Jenkins missed his second staight practice with an ankle injury sustained Monday. Sam Beal and DeAndre Baker probably would start at the cornerback spots if Jenkins cannot play.
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