For the second straight week, the Buccaneers opponent is facing a coronavirus scare. This time its the New York Giants.
The Giants released a statement on Thursday after an offensive lineman tested positive for COVID-19.
“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.”
For now, it seems like it may be business as usual and for now the game is still a go as the league is currently weighing options. NFL Network is reporting that all but four New York offensive linemen are quarantined as well as two coaches, per Ian Rapoport.
More on the #Giants, from me and @MikeGarafolo: Two #Giants coaches were sent home because they were considered COVID-19 close contacts: OLB coach Bret Bielema and DBs coach Jerome Henderson. So now several OL and two coaches.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 29, 2020
Last week the NFL moved the Bucs-Raiders matchup from Sunday night to late Sunday afternoon. We’ll have to see if the league makes adjustments to their Week 8 scheduling.