Giants P, LS join PK Gano on COVID list
Punter Riley Dixon and long snapper Casey Kreiter were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, one day after placekicker Graham Gano reportedly tested positive.
The reserve/COVID-19 list includes players who either test positive or are being quarantined due to contact.
The Giants placed Gano on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, and made the following announcement:
“(Monday) night, we were notified that a player tested positive for COVID-19. The player was immediately self-isolated, and the contact tracing process was initiated. Two close contacts, both staff members, were identified and were informed to remain home today.”
The Giants signed punter/kicker Ryan Santoso from the practice squad and added tight end Nate Wieting to the practice squad.
The Giants (3-7) are entering their bye week and don’t play in Week 11. This is the second time a Giants player has tested positive for the coronavirus.
Prior to playing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 8, offensive lineman Will Hernandez tested positive. He spent nearly two weeks on the reserve/COVID-19 list before returning to the team last week.
Hernandez said Wednesday he experienced symptoms common with COVID-19 but felt “good as new” and considers himself recovered.
On Sunday, the Giants signed Gano to a three-year extension through the 2023 season. The deal is worth a reported $14 million, with $9.5 million guaranteed. The $4.67 million average makes Gano the third-highest paid kicker behind Baltimore’s Justin Tucker ($5.76M average) and San Francisco’s Robbie Gould ($4.75M).
Gano, 33, has made 20 consecutive field goals this season and is 21 of 22 overall with the lone miss coming from 57 yards. He converted kicks from 35 and 44 yards during Sunday’s 27-17 victory over the Eagles.
The 20 straight tie Aldrick Rosas (2018-19) for the second-longest streak in franchise record. Josh Brown holds the record of 29, set during 2014-15.
Gano has made 245 of 295 field goals during 12 NFL seasons with Washington (2009-11), Carolina (2012-18) and the Giants. He missed the 2019 season after injuring his left knee late in the 2018 campaign and the Panthers released him prior to this season.
Gano has scored 1,057 career points, including 79 this season. He was a Pro Bowl selection with the Panthers in 2017 when he made 29 of 30 field-goal attempts.
–Field Level Media