Per Tom Pelissero of NFL network Giants offensive lineman Will Hernandez has tested positive for Covid-19. Hernandez was a second-round pick of the Giants back in 2018 out of The University of Texas-El Paso. He has been the Giants’ most consistent offensive lineman over the past few years so this is a big blow to this unit Because of the NFL’s contact tracing protocols, the Giants are forced to quarantine all but four of their rostered offensive lineman. This comes at a really bad time as it is late in the week and they will not have time to bring in reinforcements.
Possible replacements for the Giants?
The NFL’s Covid prevention protocols say that any free agent that is signed must test negative for two consecutive weeks before joining the team. This makes signing a free agent for the next game impossible. At the current moment, the Giants do not have enough lineman on the active roster to play Sunday. The Giants have two options when they think about how to fill that hole. They can take an illogical approach and pray that one of the people on the roster test negative enough times to play. They can also elevate someone from the practice squad.
The Giants currently have two linemen on the practice squad. Their names are Chad Slade and Kyle Murphy Slade would probably be the first of the two elevated due to his experience. However, do not be surprised if both are on the active roster at some point. Nobody knows what’s going to happen but they do need to figure something out quickly. They have a very tough matchup this week against an elite front seven for the Buccaneers. They are the best team in the league at stopping the run. On top of that, they have an elite pass rusher in Shaquil Barrett that could cause problems.