A regrettable journey to the chiropractic specialist has thrown the Giants'cornerback circumstance out of whack heading into Sunday night's primetime match against the Browns. Coach Joe Judge validated Friday that cornerback James Bradberry's close contact with a chiropractic practitioner outside of the Giants' company resulted in him being placed on the reserve/COVID -19 list Thursday.
Bradberry did not test positive, however was isolated from the group and will participate in team meetings virtually through the weekend. If Bradberry stays asymptomatic and continues to test unfavorable, he is eligible 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 destructive to harm the team. It's regrettable, in some cases you slip up. I do not want to speak for James, but I can echo his presumption that this guy was with another NFL team and he was under the presumption he was checked every day.”
Judge said that they have worried the dangers of going outside of the company to the players during a season in which COVID-19 issues have actually played such a big role. They repeated that after Bradberry was deemed a high-risk close contact to a positive case.
“That's undoubtedly something we attempt to prevent,” Judge said. “… If there is somebody externally, I do not care if it's a chiropractic practitioner, dental practitioner, 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 choices.”
This leaves the Giants seeking to fill Bradberry's area, with safety Julian Love potentially seeing time there. Love, who has actually played security in his 2 years with the Giants, played cornerback at Notre Dame and was a finalist in college for the Jim Thorpe Award, provided to the best defensive back in college.
“It's next guy 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 know he's going to complete.”
Cornerback Darnay Holmes (knee), who didn't play last week, also 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 fought 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 video game on NBC. Mike Tirico will deal with play-by-play because Michaels has not been cleared to operate in accordance with NBCUniversal's COVID-19 safety procedures, a release from NBC sports stated. Michaels has no symptoms and feels excellent, he stated in the release.