The Giants learned Monday night one of their players tested positive for COVID-19 and Tuesday morning triggered the NFL’s coronavirus protocols. The player was immediately self-isolated and, through
The Giants learned Monday night one of their players tested positive for COVID-19 and Tuesday morning triggered the NFL’s coronavirus protocols. The player was immediately self-isolated and, through contact tracing, two close contacts, both staff members, were identified and told to remain home.
The Quest Diagnostics practice facility remains open to staff, but all players were told to stay home. The Giants are in their bye week. Coach Joe Judge gave the team off as a Victory Monday after beating the Eagles 27-17 and players were scheduled to be in for work on the field and in meetings Tuesday and Wednesday before getting the rest of the week off. Now, there will be no on-field work Tuesday and all meetings will be held remotely.
This is the second Giants player to test positive. Guard Will Hernandez did so two weeks ago and missed two games. With the Giants not playing again until Nov. 29 in Cincinnati, the positive test is less impactful to the team schedule. Last time, contact tracing forced several players to miss one day of practice, leaving the Giants with only four offensive linemen available to work.
Even though players are off Thursday through Sunday this week, they cannot leave the area. All players are required to go to the team facility every day to get their COVID-19 test.
Judge previously said given that the players must stay local, he anticipated many of them coming into the facility during their days off to work out.
“So, we’ll make sure we have the facilities open for them if that’s something they want to do,’’ Judge said on Monday.
It is not yet known when the facility will re-open to players.
Players bringing in family members from out of town also presents challenges unlike any other year.
“If there’s someone coming in town, obviously, we want to control who’s coming in,’’ Judge said. “We want to make sure they’re smart about the number of people we expose ourselves to. We want to make sure that on the front end, we make sure that we test and that we make sure we’re putting ourselves in the safest environment possible. At the same time, we’re realists. We want to make sure that if something does happen, we’re treating it the best way possible and that we’re doing it in the safest way possible.’’