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Giants OL coach Dave DeGuglielmo tests positive for COVID-19

No players found to be among close contacts

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New York Giants offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo has tested positive for COVID-19, and assistant offensive line coach Ben Wilkerson is expected to run that group in Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Dallas Cowboys.

Wilkerson, though, is a potential close contact of DeGuglielmo and was not at practice on Friday.

DeGuglielmo and two potential close contacts were immediately isolated on Thursday night when the positive test result was found. The Giants say neither of the potential close contacts are players.

The Giants also said it was deemed safe to open their facility on Friday, and that their meeting and practice schedule is proceeding as usual.

“We’re trying to keep the day as normal as can be,” said head coach Joe Judge.

There is, though, nothing normal about the 2020-2021 NFL season, or about DeGuglielmo watching a morning walk-thru via an iPad placed behind his position group.

“It’s a different deal, but it’s something we’ve become accustomed to,” Judge said. “Our guys are so used to change at this point we just keep on moving.”

Wilkerson was an NFL player for four seasons (2005-2008) and has been an NFL assistant line coach since 2015. He spent three seasons with the Chicago Bears and has been with the Giants since 2018.