Giants’ safety Logan Ryan tests positive for COVID-19, likely to miss Bucs – The Mercury News

Safety giants Logan Ryan went to the COVID-19 reserve roster Friday after he tested positive for the virus and is likely to be out at least Monday night’s game in Tampa.

Ryan’s absence could be devastating. Defensive captain leads the team with 72 tackles, and a future Hall of Fame Buccaneers end, Rob Gronkowski prepares for action in the midfield that Ryan usually patrols.

Third-year professional Julian Love is expected to enter the starting line-up if Ryan can’t go.

“I talk to Logan a lot. I spoke to him this morning,” Love said after practice. “From a driving perspective, it’s tough. He’s kind of a vet, the experienced high school guy we have now. We obviously want him out there with us.”

Ryan, 30, who was vaccinated, was deemed to have been in close contact with a positive person outside the facility this week. He tested negative for the virus as of Thursday morning, but tested positive twice in the MESA (rapid) tests on Friday morning.

He was waiting for a PCR test result to confirm a positive result on Friday night or early Saturday morning.

Veterans’ safety is thought to be asymptomatic, which is a good sign. But Ryan would need to remain asymptomatic and receive two consecutive negative PCR tests 24 hours apart in order to obtain permission to play Monday Night Football.

And if he has the virus, he won’t test negative anytime soon.

Ryan’s placement in the November 28 Giants’ home game against the Philadelphia Eagles may be in jeopardy as well, but it’s too soon to tell.

“There’s a danger of that,” said coach Joe Judge. “We have to wait for a few things to come back. Nothing has been officially ruled out at this point other than where we are now.”

Ryan can clear the protocol in the first six days after his positive test with two negative PCR reports 24 hours apart. He can also clear it within days 7-10 after being positive with a negative PCR and a negative Mesa (rapid) test 24 hours apart.

But if he cannot test negative, he will have to wait at least 10 days from the first positive result before the club’s doctor will agree to his return. It will be only nine days since Sunday’s match of the 12th week of the Eagles.

“He said he’s fine,” Love said of Ryan. “He’s been getting all the extra workouts and all that stuff. He’s been doing his usual routine, and hasn’t felt so sluggish this week.”

Several members of High School of Giants, including Safety Xavier McKinney, Adoree Jackson and Aaron Robinson Angles, have not been vaccinated. So the Giants took immediate precautions on Friday to avoid high-risk close contacts with Ryan that could also put those players at risk.

“As a precaution for all of these unvaccinated players, we had a lot of them round the corner today to reduce the size of the rooms and make sure they weren’t coming into close contact or being in this situation,” Judge said.

The good news is that the Giants did not expect any issues to arise with their non-vaccinated players regarding Ryan’s positivity until late Friday night, according to a source.

Any non-vaccinated player considered to be in high-risk close contact with a positive person must sit out for at least five days, even if they test negative. Unvaccinated players are tested daily.

Vaccinated players like Ryan are only required to get tested for COVID-19 once a week. So Ryan tested negative on Monday, as usual. But the condition of his close contact increased the frequency of his tests and he revealed the positive on Friday.

Nothing was mentioned about Ryan’s position on Thursday. While the Giants had him actually participating in meetings that day, he trained and still oddly enough in an outdoor podium interview with the New York media, including at least one side interview with a reporter.

Now the Giants (3-6) likely won’t have their defensive leader as they try to defeat the Bucs (6-3) on the road.

Ryan was excited to take on Tom Brady, a former New England Patriots teammate who enjoys needle sticks.

Ryan intercepted Brady’s final pass as the Patriots, a pick-six to take the 20-13 Wild Card victory in the Ryan Tennessee Titans playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 4, 2020.

He said their fights dated all the way back to Rookie OTAs for Ryan with the Patriots as Brady’s teammate in 2013. The receiver slipped and intercepted Ryan Brady and brought him back against TD during a practice in May.

“He took off his helmet and broke it to the ground at the OTAs,” Ryan said with a smile. “He wanted to win it one-on-one.”

The Giants have recently proven that they can win matches even when COVID-19 is failing their health and schedule.

They beat the Las Vegas Raiders, 23-16, in their last game before farewell, despite 13 positive test results during the week, all but two of which were false positives.

Full-back coach Burton Burns’ positives and rising full-back Gary Brightwell were confirmed and missed the match. Both are back in the building and training with the team.

Both the state and the NFL saw a sudden spike in positive COVID-19 cases recently, which has led the league to issue updated improved protocols for players and staff around the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Giants weren’t even the NFC East team hardest hit by the virus on Friday. Cowboys receiver Amary Cooper tested positive and was confirmed not to have been vaccinated, knocking him out of Dallas’ next two games: Sunday in Kansas City and Thanksgiving Day against the Raiders.

Barkley is still limited

Injury reports for the Giants and Bucks remained largely unchanged outside of tight end Kaden Smith (knee) which was upgraded to limited. Running backs Saquon Barkley (ankle) and Defontaine Booker (hip), linebacker Colin Gelaspia (calf) remained limited. Barkley, in his first interview since October 14, said “I feel good” but only that he was “hoping” to get a chance to play.

Wide Stirling Shepherd (quad), tight end Caden Smith (knee), Lorenzo Carter edge (disease/ankle) and no training Nate Ebner (knee). Left tackle Andrew Thomas (ankle/foot) has continued to train but is not on the active roster yet. Brady received a rest day for the Bucs, while Gronkowski (back) remained fully engaged and Antonio Brown (ankle) and nose tackle Vita Vea (knee) did not train.

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