NY Giants’ close contacts cleared to return to practice after COVID-19 scare

Nick Gates #65 and Will Hernandez #71 of the New York Giants. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Nick Gates #65 and Will Hernandez #71 of the New York Giants. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

The NY Giants avoided a disastrous situation as the team had a minor COVID-19 crisis as several linemen were quarantined and away from the facility. The team fielded only four offensive linemen in practice Thursday but had a full group back today.

The NY Giants returned their full offensive line Friday after Will Hernandez’ positive test for COVID-19.

The NY Giants returned to a normal practice Friday after an unusual Thursday. All players present at Thursday’s practice played with masks under their helmets and several noticeable people were missing. Six offensive linemen were sent home, along with Binjimen Victor and assistant coaches Brett Bielema and Jerome Henderson. Will Hernandez, the team’s starting left guard, tested positive for the virus and will be placed on the COVID Reserve list and is set to miss at least this week’s game against Tampa Bay.

The team released the following statement, “The Giants announced that all of their close contacts under COVID-19 protocols who remained home yesterday will be back with the team today.
The team will hold its meetings remotely and will practice at MetLife Stadium due to wet grounds at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.”

The team announced that all meetings will be held remotely out of caution and the team is practicing from their home stadium to prepare for Monday night’s game.


The 1-6 NY Giants take on the 5-2 TB Buccaneers on ESPN’s Monday Night Football. Hernandez is set to miss this game, with Shane Lemieux a leading candidate to take his starting spot. He is a key young player to watch for the rest of the season.