The giants abruptly canceled Friday’s practice and reverted to virtual 2020 protocols in response to the simultaneous spread of COVID-19 and influenza through their building.
“Obviously, last year we didn’t have such severe or heavy outbreaks for the giants,” Logan Ryan said on Friday during a Zoom teleconference as all media went virtual.
Safety JR Reid and Corner Natrell Jamerson tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, giving the Giants eight positives since Monday. So they are trying to secure enough players for Sunday’s home game against the Dallas Cowboys.
“We’ve known since the beginning of last year that the games will go on,” head coach Joe Judge told Zoom. “So, whoever you have, you must have them ready.”
Ironically, just hours after Judge made the announcement, the NFL immediately postponed three games this weekend due to the COVID outbreak. The League moved the Browns Raiders from Saturday to Monday at 5:00 pm, and the Washington Eagles and Rams Seahawks to Tuesday at 7:00 pm.
However, the “Giants-Cowboys” match will not be postponed. It will take place as scheduled at 1 p.m. at MetLife Stadium, even though the Giants’ Secondary Tournament was destroyed by four positive COVID tests and a large number of defenders fighting the flu.
So Judju’s Giants (4-9) should be ready for the first-place Cowboys (9-4).
“The cowboys don’t care how many DBs we have,” Ryan said.
The Omicron variation hit the entire NFL, and the flu hit hard, too.
Six Giants with flu symptoms were listed on Friday’s injury report, although all were drafted as entrants: corners Steve Parker and Jarren Williams, midfielders Reggie Ragland, Benardrick McKinney and Elerson Smith and kicker Graham Gano.
The Giants intriguingly signed former Cowboys midfielder Jylon Smith to their training team with the clear intention of playing him against his former team.
They challenge David Moa from the training team, in question Leonard Williams (triceps) and Austin Johnson (feet).
They also hope that the unvaccinated free safe Xavier McKinney, who is on the COVID standby list as a high-risk person, will still test negative to be eligible on Sunday.
However, their only available DBs as of Friday night were Ryan, James Bradburry, Julian Love, Williams, Parker, and Special Timer Keyon Crossen.
“We’re talking about many actions that can be schematic and defensive so we can adapt,” Judge said.
The postponement of the Washington-Eagles match could benefit the Giants next Sunday as Philadelphia will have to host them in week 16 after a four-day rest.
“This is crazy,” tweeted Darius Slay from the corner of the Eagles. “We play Tuesday night, then turn right and play Sunday !! 7 days a week, double your massage this week. ”
But the giants must first take care of putting the team up against Dallas.
Judge said the giants learned about Friday’s test results during social distant meetings inside their practice bubble in East Rutherford. That’s why they changed the schedule at the last minute “out of great discretion.”
They sent these players home immediately, took the rest of the team for a half-hour walk without media presence, and then sent the entire team home for new virtual encounters.
At least on Friday, the Giants’ non-football staff were still on-site. And Judge is really planning on getting his coaches and players back to the building on Saturday for a brief meeting and playthrough.
However, the loss of a planned 90-minute workout on Friday is significant. Mike Glennon, who is starting his third in a row, said it would be when asked about virtual work on Wednesday.
“Meetings are not such a big deal, I think we learned about it last year. You can hold meetings virtually, ”Glennon said. “This is really practice time … Obviously, if the practice had to be canceled, it would be more serious, if there was no opportunity to go out and practice … Obviously, it would be a correction.”
They also reverted to the intense 2020 protocols that dictate where players can spend their time outside of work. The Giants are also not allowing reporters to interview players in person after Sunday’s game, although the Cowboys are planning to maintain the status quo.
“It’s tricky,” receiver Sterling Shepard told Zoom. “You want to be able to get together with your teammates and friends outside the building, but you have to keep the best interests of the team in mind. And such actions can affect the team. So you have to be careful what you do. ”
Giants tested positive for COVID-19 this week: WR Kadarius Toney, WR John Ross, CB Aaron Robinson, Edge Cam Brown, Edge Oshane Ximines, CB Adoree Jackson, Reed and Jamerson. Robinson and Jackson are not vaccinated and will definitely drop out on Sunday.
“I would say I never had that experience, but I kind of played last year,” Ryan said of the secondary deficit.
Ryan used one of Judge’s mantras to describe how the giants should cope with the ongoing pandemic.
“To be honest, you have to be willing to adapt, adapt, or die,” Ryan said.
This turnover, unfortunately, is too close to reality for what the world has experienced since the beginning of 2020. Ryan obviously only meant football.
Things are not easy in football now either. Just getting to Sunday at this point would be a bit of a success.
“Yes, we’re tired of this,” Shepard said of the pandemic and the protocols, “but it’s just the world we live in right now. You just have to go through with it. ”
GIANT INJURY MESSAGE: RELEASED: QB Daniel Jones (fingerboard). Doubtful: G Ben Bradeson (ankle). DOUBTFUL: Austin Johnson (foot), Sterling Shepard (calf – new injury), Leonard Williams (triceps).
COWBOYS INJURY MESSAGE: ABOVE: LT Tyrone Smith (ankle). DOUBTFUL: RB Tony Pollard (ft).