Giants coach Joe Judge conducted his news conference on the patio that overlooks the team’s practice fields on Wednesday morning. As Judge was explaining that Daniel Jones, who suffered a concussion on Sunday, “can just observe” practice, the quarterback emerged from the team facility dressed in full pads.

When this observation was relayed to Judge, the coach craned his neck to try to see the field over the cameras assembled in front of him. Judge then gave a look that revealed his surprise that Jones was suited up.

Apparent miscommunication aside, it’s encouraging for Jones’ prospects of playing Sunday against the Rams that he had progressed enough to be on the field Wednesday. He didn’t participate in practice, instead retreating to a far field with a trainer to run sprints, do footwork drills and throw passes while backup quarterback Mike Glennon took the first-team reps.

Jones was cleared for that level of activity by the Giants’ medical staff as he works his way through the NFL’s five-step return-to-participation concussion protocol. It’s a process that every player who suffers a concussion must navigate before getting cleared to play.

“I’d say he’s kind of on track with everything right now,” Judge said. “We’ll go through the rest of the week and see where that all leads.”

Jones was injured by a helmet-to-helmet collision with Cowboys linebacker Jabril Cox at the goal line just before halftime of last Sunday’s game. Giants trainers came onto the field to evaluate Jones and quickly called for a cart to take the quarterback to the locker room. Jones was later ruled out of the game with a concussion.

It was unsettling to see a dazed Jones stagger as he tried to return to the huddle after the collision with Cox. But former Chargers team physician Dr. David Chao said the initial signs after a concussion can be misleading.