As if things weren’t already complicated enough for the New York Giants with the injuries to Daniel Jones and the positive COVID-19 test for offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, the team’s defense ha now been dealt a huge blow in advance of Sunday night’s game against the Cleveland Browns.
Giants star cornerback James Bradberry has been placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. He was deemed to be a high-risk close contact of an individual who has tested positive. That contact did not occur at the Giants facility and the positive individual is not a member of the organization.
Bradberry will remain isolated from the team and continue to participate in meetings remotely. If he continues to test negatively and has no symptoms, he would come off the reserve list on Monday.
The Giants cornerback situation without Bradberry is precarious.
Darnay Holmes, the team’s slot cornerback, missed last week’s game with a knee injury and continued to be held out of practice on Wednesday. Backup cornerback Madre Harper was placed on injured reserve last week, joining Ryan Lewis. Lewis started three game at cornerback for the Giants. earlier in the season. Earlier this week, the Giants waived cornerback Brandon Williams, who had been exclusively a special teams player for them.
Isaac Yiadom is now the only healthy cornerback on the roster. Logan Ryan, Julian Love and Montre Hartage have all been cornerbacks in the past, but all three have been playing safety this season.
Rookie Xavier McKinney, a safety under normal circumstances, played the slot in place of Holmes last week vs. the Arizona Cardinals.
The Giants have cornerbacks Jarren Williams, an undrafted rookie free agent from UAlbany, and four-year veteran Quincy Wilson on their practice squad. Williams was elevated from the practice squad Sunday against Arizona. He played 10 special teams snaps and had one tackle.