Definitely, the 2020 NFL season has been like no other season in the entire history of the sport, following the coronavirus outbreak and the season going on amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over the past weeks, we have witnessed numerous players and their organizations testing positive for the COVID-19 in the league, which led to the closure of their facilities and, respectively, postponing games by the NFL, which has caused a major reshuffle of the entire 2020 scheduled games.
The NFL has been adamant in ensuring the safety of the players, coaches, and the entire NFL fraternity by coming up with contingency plans, including the COVID-19 protocols and punishing whoever breaks or violates them.
New York Giants’ left guard Will Hernandez joins the list of prominent players in the NFL to have tested positive for the coronavirus as he tests positive for COVID-19 and is expected to be placed in the league’s Covid-19 reserve list.
Immediately, contact tracing was initiated following Hernandez’s positive test and whoever came in contact with him is in self-isolation as they quarantine in their homes.
Giants have traced that 5 players and 2 assistant coaches came in contact with Hernandez, and on Thursday practice session, they were nowhere to been seen rather quarantining in their homes.
The 2 assistant coaches include;
- Defensive backs coach Jerome Hernandez
- Outside linebacker’s coach Bret Bielema
The 5 players are Offensive linemen, including;
- Andrew Thomas
- Cam Fleming
- Nick Gates
- Spenser Pulley
- Shane Lemieux
The Giants are in a tight spot, especially with their upcoming game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneer after Hernandez, Gates, Thomas, who all are starters and now are in self-isolations. Also, Rookie Shane Lemieux is in self-isolation and is the top backup to Hernandez at guard.
Giants Head Coach Joe Judge sounded optimistic following the contact tracing and insisting the amount of exposure on those now in self-isolation to be at a minimum level, eliminating them from being at high-risk. Though, the Giants have four available offensive linemen who aren’t in isolation.
Coach Judge went ahead to wither any doubts on missing out their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneer due to the COVID-19 issue and ensured the Giants fans that his mindset and the players are set for the matchup on Monday night.
The franchise is working closely with the NFL’s Chief Medical Officer as their facility remains open while maintaining their normal practice and keeping their schedule intact, as this is the first known positive test since the beginning of the season.
Last weekend, a video of Giants quarterback Daniel Jones and several teammates in which they were seen in public without wearing face masks and not practicing social distancing at a group dinner in Manhattan went viral. The team has said that they would handle the matter internally though Hernandez wasn’t with them.
Remember to wear a mask, keep a distance, sanitize your hands, not forget to stay vigilant to curb the spread of the COVID-19.
Rachel Lott is a Reporter for Chroniclex After graduating from Cuyahoga Community College, Rachel got an internship at USA Evening and worked as a Reporter and Producer. Rachel has also worked as a Reporter for WKYC TV and Fox News Channel. Rachel Covers International Developments.