The New York Giants will be left without starting safety and captain Logan Ryan on Monday night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after positive COVID-19 tests, while star running back Saquon Barkley has a chance to return from injury. in the ankle.
Barkley appears questionable after coach Joe Judge said he had a good week of practice. Barkley took a few first-team reruns and it seems likely that he will be playing for the first time since Oct. 10.
“Trending in the right way and really progressing for us,” Judge said. “The next 48 hours will be great in terms of seeing how your body responds and what we think it will look like on Monday night.”
The same goes for starting left tackle Andrew Thomas. He practiced this week and is likely to be activated off injured reserve barring a setback. Thomas does not have an injury designation because he is still on IR.
Wide receiver Sterling Shepard (quad), outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter (illness / ankle), special teams ace Nate Ebner (ankle) and Ryan (COVID-19 protocols) were listed as eliminated.
Getting Barkley and Thomas back would allow the Giants (3-6) to be healthier offensively since Week 4 against the New Orleans Saints. They had 485 yards of total offense in that contest, their highest production this season.
Thomas has missed the last three games after spraining his right ankle as well as a left foot injury. He returned to practice this week after the Giants’ goodbye and hopes to play.
“Nothing right now on my mind [that will keep me from playing]”Thomas said on Saturday.
Barkley said Friday after practice that he felt “pretty good” after being offside more than expected with an ankle injury. His return was perhaps delayed by a false positive COVID-19 test the week before the team’s break. But Barkley returned to practice Monday for the first time since sustaining the ankle injury.
He had a 54-yard touchdown reception and ran into the game-winning score in overtime in his last complete game. It was a sign that he finally seemed to be on the mend after a torn ACL that left him on the sidelines for most of last season.
“I still believe that I’m capable of the things that I’ve shown on the field before, so when I can make those plays, when those plays come to me, make those plays and don’t force anything and take one day at a time,” Barkley said. “That’s really the only thing I can do. Those are my expectations. Take it one day at a time, be the leader that I am and the playmaker that I know I can be and I know I will be.”
Ryan was ruled out Saturday afternoon and will need two negative tests 24 hours apart to return to next week’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles. He’s on the reserve / COVID-19 list.
“When you’re at it, you obviously can’t play,” Judge said. “Is there a small chance that it can still try and be available? There is. We are preparing for all the unavailable situations and if it changes at the last minute, we are prepared for that.” as well as.”
Ryan’s absence is a huge loss to quarterback Tom Brady and the Buccaneers. Ryan leads the Giants with 72 tackles and two forced fumbles.
The first positive test for Ryan came on Friday morning. Further testing did not appear to rule out the idea of a false positive.
Julian Love is expected to start in his place.
“It’s hard,” Love said Friday after Ryan told him earlier in the day that he was asymptomatic and was following his normal routine. “It’s hard to see. The first and foremost thing is to wish him safety and everyone around him, his family and all that. That’s what I have in mind for him: his health and safety.”