James Bradberry taints his great season by letting Giants down with dumb pandemic mistake — at worst possible – nj.com

18December 2020

James Bradberry let

the Giants down, with a dumb pandemic mistake. Whether Bradberry acted maliciously or not is irrelevant. Completion outcome is all that matters. Bradberry ought to've known better than to do what he did– go to a chiropractic physician not connected with the Giants, far from their center, and without seeking advice from the group. Sign up for Giants Extra: Get exclusive news, behind-the-scenes observations and the capability to text straight with press reporters

So here's where the Giants are, going into Sunday night's massive (and basically must-win) video game against the Browns: Bradberry, their finest cornerback, won't play– because he arrived at the coronavirus list.

He didn't test positive for the infection, but he was considered a high-risk close contact, because that unaffiliated chiropractic practitioner

evaluated favorable. Just a ruthless– and brutally timed– error in judgment by Bradberry, a 27-year-old fifth-year pro who should understand much better. He isn't some ignorant rookie. But he sure acted like it with this decision. And Giants head coach Joe Judge undoubtedly isn't delighted with Bradberry.

This had actually been a great launching season for Bradberry with the Giants. He is playing like among the NFL's top cornerbacks. But Bradberry's journey to that chiropractor has actually tainted his


It's uncertain if Judge disciplined Bradberry. If Judge hasn't yet, he should. Not that any discipline will change the Giants'extreme truth: Bradberry will not be on the field Sunday, when the Giants will be combating to stay in the NFC East hunt, versus a Browns offense that Pro Football Focus rates as the league's third-best. Judge typically doesn't publicly criticize gamers. But he didn't pull lots of punches Friday, when he stated Bradberry made a”error”by seeing this chiropractor.”That's clearly something that we try to avoid, “Judge said.”If someone is external [

like the chiropractic doctor], we speak to the players repeatedly: Get them in our system, we'll get them checked, and we'll make certain you're safe.” That didn't occur

here, since Bradberry made an asinine presumption.short article __ paragraph– left “id=”H3MCIM7OO5BGFOBIJFSGBEJELA”>”His assumption was this [chiropractic practitioner] was with another NFL team, “Judge stated. “And [Bradberry] was under the presumption [the chiropractic doctor] was evaluated every day. What we can't do as a team is make those presumptions.”

Obviously not. All Bradberry had to do was

ask the Giants, to check. However he picked not to.”James didn't do anything harmful to hurt the team,”

Judge said.”It's regrettable that sometimes you slip up.” Sure, while this wasn't a deliberately malicious act by Bradberry– like a DUI arrest– it was absolutely preventable. And it certainly harmed the Giants, who are 5-8 and one game behind Washington in the NFC East race with three video games remaining.

Now, the Giants will have to shuffle their secondary for Sunday's game. They clearly might have used Bradberry, whom PFF ranks 6th among cornerbacks this season, consisting of 8th in coverage. Simply how on the planet will the Giants consist of Jarvis Landry now?

That's one of lots of concerns looming for Judge and defensive coordinator Patrick Graham. However the bigger one remains: How could Bradberry be so foolish?

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