An unfortunate journey to the chiropractic doctor has actually thrown the Giants'cornerback scenario out of whack heading into Sunday night's primetime matchup against the Browns. Coach Joe Judge verified Friday that cornerback James Bradberry's close contact with a chiropractic practitioner beyond the Giants' organization led to him being put on the reserve/COVID -19 list Thursday.
Bradberry did not test favorable, however was separated from the group and will participate in team conferences practically through the weekend. If Bradberry remains asymptomatic and continues to evaluate unfavorable, he is qualified to go back to the team on Monday.
“I wish to make it clear, James wasn't certainly doing anything,” Judge stated. “He didn't do anything harmful to injure the team. It's regrettable, often you slip up. I don't wish 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 evaluated every day.”
Judge said that they have worried the risks of going beyond the company to the players throughout a season in which COVID-19 issues have actually played such a big role. They restated that after Bradberry was deemed a high-risk close contact to a favorable case.
“That's certainly something we attempt to avoid,” Judge stated. “… If there is somebody externally, I don't care if it's a chiropractic physician, dental practitioner, or barber, or whoever you require contact with, get them in our system and we'll get them tested and make sure you're safe, make certain we make all the right decisions.”
This leaves the Giants wanting to fill Bradberry's spot, with safety Julian Love potentially seeing time there. Love, who has played safety in his 2 years with the Giants, played cornerback at Notre Dame and was a finalist in college for the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the very best defensive back in college.
“It's next male up,” safety Jabrill Peppers stated. “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 tackle out there and we understand he's going to compete.”
Cornerback Darnay Holmes (knee), who didn't play last week, likewise is out for Sunday.
Notes & & quotes: TE Evan Engram (calf) was restricted in practice and is noted as doubtful. TE Kaden Smith likewise is doubtful. RB Devonta Freeman has actually been designated to go back to practice. Freeman, who's battled ankle and hamstring injuries, was placed on IR in mid-November and hasn't played since the Giants' Week 7 loss to the Eagles … Al Michaels will not be on the call for this Sunday night's game on NBC. Mike Tirico will deal with play-by-play since Michaels has actually not been cleared to operate in accordance with NBCUniversal's COVID-19 security protocols, a release from NBC sports stated. Michaels has no symptoms and feels excellent, he said in the release.