Giants place DB Ryan in COVID-19 protocol, iffy for Monday

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP)New York Giants defensive back Logan Ryan was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list after having close contact with someone who has the coronavirus. His status for Monday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is uncertain.

Coach Joe Judge said Friday that Ryan had a positive rapid COVID-19 test on Friday. He added the team was waiting for the result of a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, a molecular test that looks for genetic material that indicates COVID-19.

The Giants (3-6) had a number of false positive test results in the week leading up to their game with the Las Vegas Raiders on Nov. 7.

Judge does not believe Ryan’s result is a false positive, but would not say more about it. He did not practice Friday.

Ryan has said he is vaccinated. If he is asymptomatic and receives two consecutive negative PCR tests 24 hours apart, he would be able to play against the Bucs under NFL COVID protocols.

Ryan has a team-high 72 tackles. If he were not able to play against the Bucs (6-3) and former Patriots teammate Tom Brady, Julian Love would get more playing time.

Love said his role in practice Friday did not change, adding Ryan is a key part of the defense.

”I feel like I’m always kind of subbing in and out of every type of position,” he said. ”I think from a leadership perspective, it’s tough. We obviously, we’ve got to see what happens. He is kind of the vet, experienced guy in our secondary right now. I mean, obviously, we want him out there with us.”

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