With training camp starting next Tuesday and rookies filtering in, the New York Giants anticipated the entire team to return in full health and ready to work as the 2021 regular season approaches in a little over a month.
However, one rookie will have to wait a few weeks before taking the field with the remainder of the team.
According to the Giants, rookie Kadarius Toney was placed on the Reserve/Covid019 list on Thursday ahead of training camp:
Wide receiver Kadarius Toney, the Giants’ first selection in the 2021 NFL draft, has been placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.
The Giants’ rookies reported yesterday for training camp. Toney is following the NFL protocols by isolating and participating in meetings remotely.
Ever since Toney joined the Giants, he has faced issues that have impacted his ability to stay on the field, ranging from equipment mishaps and minor injuries. While these issues are undoubtedly a source of concern, Covid remains a serious liability, and unless a player is vaccinated, they will have to endure the potential consequences. Even so, the vaccine doesn’t guarantee you won’t contract the virus but rather mitigate serious symptoms. Toney will have to present two negative tests before he can rejoin the team.
The Florida product is coming off a solid 2020 campaign, totaling 984 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns through the air, including a rushing touchdown. The Giants view him as a unique player who can contribute in multiple phases of the game, and they expect him to be a focal point on offense.