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The New York Giants are taking heavy losses a full 72 hours before their game with the Cowboys even kicks off.
Dallas will enter the Week 15 divisional matchup looking to not only get their offense back on track, but to also do their part in sewing up a postseason berth by notching a win over their longtime rivals. At this point, though, the Giants may need name tags on the fronts of their jerseys just to be able to identify all the new guys.
New York has added seven names to their Reserve/COVID list over the past two days. The secondary has been hit especially hard, just as a motivated Dak Prescott comes to town.
Cornerback Adoree Jackson was added to the watchlist on Thursday after testing positive for the virus. He joins rookie cornerback Aaron Robinson, linebackers Oshane Ximines and Cam Brown, wide receivers Kadarius Toney and John Ross, and offensive lineman Wes Martin, all of whom tested positive.
Safety Xavier McKinney, the Giants’ interception leader, is also on the list after being declared a close contact, of the high-risk variety as an unvaccinated player. It is possible, though, that he’ll test out of the protocols in time for Sunday’s early kickoff.
Jackson and Robinson are both unvaccinated and therefore ineligible to play under the current protocol rules.
According to Giants Wire, Keion Crossen and Julian Love will fill in against Dallas, and practice squadder Jarren Williams is likely to be elevated for the game.
The 9-4 Cowboys come in with their quarterback struggling in recent weeks. Prescott says he’s heard the recent speculation about his being in a slump.
“I do realize I’m not playing my best ball, haven’t been playing it, have made some poor decisions, you could say,” he told reporters Thursday. “I wouldn’t say it’s slump material, but I’m definitely not up to my standards or expectations, and when you play at a high level, that’s what you create. So I’m glad people have the same expectations for my game as I do for myself.”
He is looking at Sunday’s game as a chance to get back to his earlier elite form- not because of anything going on with the Giants per se, but simply because it’s his next opportunity to compete.
“We’ve got confidence in ourselves,” he added. “No disrespect to any opponent that we play. We have these expectations and standards for ourselves regardless of who we’re playing. Whether it’s a division game against the Giants- a team that we’re familiar with- or it be somebody else out of conference, this is the game that, yeah, we’ve got to get things rolling regardless: just because of the time of the season it is, what we’ve done, but more importantly, where we’re trying to go. It’s now.”
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