James Bradberry Placed on Reserve/COVID-19 List
This is a massive blow for the Giants’ defense. Even though Bradberry did not test positive for the virus himself, he was identified as a high-risk close contact because he was exposed to someone away from the Giants facility. He will now have to quarantine for the next five days, which means he will not be able to suit up vs. the Browns on Sunday.
Bradberry was a big free agent acquisition for the Giants in the offseason, and he’s been one of the top cover corners in football this season. Opposing quarterbacks have compiled a passer rating of just 70.4 when targeting Bradberry in coverage, and he’s recorded three interceptions. Overall, Bradberry owns the sixth-highest grade among cornerbacks according to Pro Football Focus.
Bradberry isn’t the only potential absence that the Giants are dealing with at the moment. Daniel Jones has suffered two separate leg injuries recently, and he has been limited at practice in each of the past two days. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that Jones’ status is “in doubt” for this matchup, which means Colt McCoy could be forced into his second start of the season.
These injuries couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Giants, who need a win to try to keep pace with the Washington Football Team in the NFC East. Washington moved into first place last week following their win over the 49ers, but they own just a slim one-game lead over the Giants.
The Giants are currently listed as five-point home underdogs vs. the Browns on Sunday Night Football, but it wouldn’t be surprising if that number rises if Jones is ruled out.