UPDATE: FRIDAY 9:05 A.M.
According to multiple reports, all Giants players and coaches considered to be close contacts to Left Guard Will Hernandez returned to the facility today, after testing negative for COVID-19.
The Giants placed Hernandez on the COVID-19/Reserve list yesterday. He will miss this week’s game against the Buccaneers, which is scheduled to be played as planned on Monday night in Metlife Stadium.
ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The New York Giants announced a player in the organization has tested positive for COVID-19. In a statement released this morning, the team says they were made aware of the positive test late last night.
“Late last night, we were notified that a Giants player tested positive for COVID-19. The player was immediately self-isolated, and the contact tracing process was initiated.
All of the player’s close contacts were identified and were informed to remain home today. Those individuals will participate in meetings remotely. We are working closely with the NFL’s Chief Medical Officer regarding next protocol steps.
Quest Diagnostics Training Center will remain open, and the rest of the team will follow their normal practice and meeting schedule.”
NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero is reporting the player in question is a member of the offensive line.
It is unclear at this time how the positive test result impacts the team’s week 8 match up with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which is currently scheduled to be played Monday night at Metlife Stadium.
UPDATE: 11:00 A.M.
Jordan Raanan, ESPN’s NFL Nation reporter for the New York Giants, is reporting the player who tested positive is OL Will Hernandez.
UPDATE: 11:11 A.M.
Paul Schwartz of the NY Post is reporting eight players and two coaches were told to stay home and self-isolate.
UPDATE: 11:35 A.M.
NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero is now reporting that despite being close contacts of the player who tested positive, they are not considered to be at a high risk for infection.
More information on how this could impact Monday night’s game:
UPDATE: 1:05 P.M.
During the portion of the Giants practice open to the media, The Athletic’s Dan Duggan reporting all but one of the team’s starting OL was absent.
All players were wearing masks under their helmets during practice.
During his press conference today, Head Coach Joe Judge said he was optimistic all quarantined players, except for G Will Hernandez, will return to the facility tomorrow pending negative test results.
We will continue to update this story as new information becomes available.