The Giants have placed LG Will Hernandez on the COVID-19/reserve list after he received a confirmed positive test, sources told SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano. The club later made the move official.
The team sent home eight players (seven linemen and one practice squad player at another position) and two coaches — OLB coach Bret Bielema and DB coach Jerome Henderson, with them considered “COVID-19 close contacts.”
Here’s the official announcement from the team:
“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.”
Hernandez, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday night, is asymptomatic, a source tells Vacchiano. However, he’s being monitored because sometimes the onset of symptoms comes several days after infection.
None of the seven players who are quarantined because of close contact with Hernandez are considered “high risk,” which means they could potentially be back in the building by Friday.
Also important to note that Hernandez was not a part of the group including Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley that was out at a private dinner on Friday night where they, among other players, were seen maskless, according to Vacchiano.
Hernandez, a third-year pro who was selected in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft, has started every game at left guard since joining the Giants. The team will now prepare for him not being available on Monday night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which there are currently no plans to postpone.