It was worse than you thought.
That is the revelation from Giants head coach Joe Judge, who said Monday the severity of the hamstring injury that caused quarterback Daniel Jones to miss two games last season would have kept almost every other NFL player off the field for much longer.
“Look, Daniel is the last guy that’s going to use anything as an excuse,’’ Judge said on ESPN 98.7FM NY radio. “What I would say about the injury last year is it was much more serious than maybe people thought on the outside. I would say probably 90 percent of players in the league who would have had that injury, including quarterbacks, would have been on IR for the remainder of the year. That’s just the reality of it.
“It was much more severe than maybe he allowed people to know or the information that was put out there, and we’re going to protect our players by not disclosing everything about their injuries, to be honest with you. He fought through a lot of things. He earned a lot of people’s respect.’’
Jones hurt his hamstring in the Week 11 victory over the Bengals. He did not play the following week, as Colt McCoy stepped in and the Giants beat the Seahawks in Seattle. Jones returned in Week 13 and was ineffective in a loss to the Cardinals, exacerbating the hamstring issue. He sat out the Week 14…