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Giants' James Bradberry Put on Reserve/COVID-19 List as High-Risk Close Contact

Jenna CiccotelliCorrespondent IIIDecember 17, 2020

New York Giants defensive back James Bradberry is pictured during the first half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020, in Seattle. The Giants won 17-12. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
Stephen Brashear/Associated Press

New York Giants cornerback James Bradberry was moved to the league's reserve/COVID-19 list after it was determined that he was a high-risk close contact of someone who has tested positive for the virus, the team announced Thursday.

The team said the person who tested positive for the virus is not a member of the Giants organization. 

As a result of the timing of the contact, Bradberry will not play on Sunday night against the Cleveland Browns

Bradberry will participate remotely while he is on the list. If he has no symptoms and does not test positive for the virus, he could return to the team on Monday.

The 27-year-old signed a three-year, $43.5 million deal with the Giants this offseason and has played a significant role in their defense thus far, starting all 13 games for the 5-8 Giants. His 17 passes defended lead the league, and his three interceptions are a team high. He has also forced a pair of fumbles and recovered one. He has also added 47 tackles, 39 of which were solo. 

He came to the Giants after four years with the Carolina Panthers, who drafted him in the second round (No. 62) in 2016. With the Panthers, he started all 60 games he appeared in, recording eight interceptions, 47 pass breakups, three sacks and 222 tackles. 

Bradberry will not be the only member of the Giants to miss Sunday's game. Offensive coordinator Jason Garrett tested positive for the virus, prompting the team to cancel practice on Thursday, though the team said no one else was considered a high-risk close contact. Tight ends coach Freddie Kitchens, who was the head coach of the Cleveland Browns in 2019, will fill in for Garrett on Sunday. 

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