New York Giants center Billy Price is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s road game against the Chicago Bears because his wife, Taylor, suffered a miscarriage 15 weeks into her pregnancy.
Price, 27, who has been away from the Giants this week, addressed the situation on Thursday night on Instagram.
“It is with the most shattered hearts that we have to share the news of our Baby Boy gaining his Angel Wings and being with God in heaven. We are heartbroken that this is our new reality and cannot wrap our heads around it,” Price wrote on Instagram.
“I pray that no one ever has to endure this pain and I pray for everyone who already has gone through this or are going through it now. It is hands down the hardest and most painful experience we have ever been through. We are so grateful for the 15 weeks we had with our baby, the excitement our boy gave us & the amount of love and joy we have felt watching him grow and my wife’s body change.
“Thank you from the bottom of our broken hearts to our family, friends, community and the Giants organization for being so accommodating. We love and appreciate you all. Please allow us some time and space to heal and to focus on each other right now.”
The couple was expecting their first child in June.
New York coach Joe Judge said the organization will do whatever it can to help the Prices deal with the situation.
“We fully support Billy, fully support Billy as an organization, him and his wife as just individuals and their family and what they’re going through right now,” Judge told reporters. “We left the door open to Billy in a lot of ways in terms of whatever he needs from us. When I talked to him earlier in the week, I let him know, ‘Hey, listen, if you’ve got to come in here and let this be a distraction, if you want to stay engaged with the game plan, if you want to come out and practice and blow off some steam and hit the weight room, whatever you’ve got to do.’
“He’s dealing with something that a lot of us have been blessed that we haven’t had to deal with. He’s going through something personally that we’ve got to make sure we account for and give him support as an organization, as a person. I wouldn’t fully rule him out (Sunday) at this moment, but he has not been at practice with us. He’s not been in-person in the meetings.”
Price is the second NFL player in two weeks to deal with such a tragedy
Indianapolis Colts star center Ryan Kelly and wife, Emma, are grieving the death of a baby daughter.
According to the Kellys, Emma was 19 weeks pregnant when doctors told the family on Dec. 16 that the heart of daughter Mary Kate had stopped beating. Emma gave birth the following day, and Kelly missed the following two games but is expected to play this Sunday against the Las Vegas Raiders.
Price has started 14 of New York’s 15 games since being acquired from the Cincinnati Bengals shortly before the start of the season. He was a first-round pick of Cincinnati in 2018 and has started 33 of 57 career games played.
The Giants have ruled out receivers Kadarius Toney (shoulder), John Ross (knee, COVID-19) and Collin Johnson (hamstring). Cornerback Adoree’ Jackson (quadriceps, COVID ramp up), offensive tackle Nate Solder (COVID ramp up), tight end Chris Myarick (hip) and defensive lineman Austin Johnson (foot) are questionable.
–Field Level Media