An unfortunate trip to the chiropractic physician has actually thrown the Giants'cornerback scenario out of whack heading into Sunday night's primetime match versus the Browns. Coach Joe Judge validated Friday that cornerback James Bradberry's close contact with a chiropractic specialist beyond the Giants' organization led to him being put on the reserve/COVID -19 list Thursday.
Bradberry did not test positive, however was isolated from the team and will participate in team meetings essentially through the weekend. If Bradberry remains asymptomatic and continues to test negative, he is qualified to go back to the group on Monday.
“I wish to make it clear, James wasn't defiantly doing anything,” Judge said. “He didn't do anything destructive to hurt the group. It's regrettable, sometimes you make a mistake. I don't want to speak for James, however I can echo his presumption that this person was with another NFL team and he was under the assumption he was checked every day.”
Judge said that they have stressed the risks of going beyond the organization to the gamers throughout a season in which COVID-19 issues have played such a big role. They reiterated that after Bradberry was considered a high-risk close contact to a favorable case.
“That's certainly something we try to prevent,” Judge stated. “… If there is someone externally, I don't care if it's a chiropractor, dentist, or barber, or whoever you need contact with, get them in our system and we'll get them tested and make sure you're safe, ensure we make all the right decisions.”
This leaves the Giants wanting to fill Bradberry's spot, with security Julian Love potentially seeing time there. Love, who has actually played security in his two years with the Giants, played cornerback at Notre Dame and was a finalist in college for the Jim Thorpe Award, offered to the best defensive back in college.
“It's next guy up,” safety Jabrill Peppers said. “Whoever's out there is going to be prepared. We have the utmost faith in Julian … He was a Thorpe Award finalist for a reason. He's a sure deal with out there and we understand he's going to contend.”
Cornerback Darnay Holmes (knee), who didn't play recently, likewise is out for Sunday.
Notes & & quotes: TE Evan Engram (calf) was restricted in practice and is noted as questionable. TE Kaden Smith also is doubtful. RB Devonta Freeman has actually been designated to go back to practice. Freeman, who's fought ankle and hamstring injuries, was placed on IR in mid-November and hasn't played given that the Giants' Week 7 loss to the Eagles … Al Michaels will not be on the call for this Sunday night's video game on NBC. Mike Tirico will deal with play-by-play due to the fact that Michaels has not been cleared to work in accordance with NBCUniversal's COVID-19 safety procedures, a release from NBC sports said. Michaels has no signs and feels fantastic, he said in the release.