Giants head coach Joe Judge said on Wednesday that 13 people in the organization tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday and all but one of those people tested negative in follow-up testing.
This person was running backs coach Burton Burns, but there were rumors of more positive tests later today. To recover Saquon Barkley and security Xavier McKinney entered the COVID-19 reserve list after the two players and the goalkeeper Matt Skura would have tested positive. The team released a statement on Thursday that does not specifically refer to those players, but suggests the tests were false positives while announcing changes in testing procedures following the recent irregularities.
“As a precaution, we canceled meetings at the facility for players this morning and closed our office to non-football staff,” the statement said. “Football meetings take place virtually. Players, unless their test results are still assessed under COVID protocols, will return this afternoon to practice. “
“Biological Reference Laboratories (BRLs) are recording an unusually high number of false positives using the Rapid Mesa test at our facility. With the exception of one individual, all positive Mesa test results in the past two days came back negative through PCR testing. The lab is working with experts to determine the source of the problem.
“The NFL and BRL are monitoring this situation closely. We are temporarily discontinuing the use of the Rapid Mesa Test and administering PCR tests only. “
If Barkley, McKinney and Skura are in the clear, they could practice on Thursday. It’s unclear whether Barkley is cleared for work after missing the last three games with an ankle injury and missing a full day of work on Wednesday is likely not good for his chances of coming back.