Blake Martinez back with Giants after stay on COVID-19 list

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New York Giants linebacker Blake Martinez, one of the team’s key defenders, will return to the field on Saturday after a brief stint on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.

“We had a couple guys who had some exposure to [the COVID-19 virus] and had to quarantine throughout this point. Some guys who had some issues this summer, I’m not going to go into specifics unless they’re on the list right there,” head coach Joe Judge told reporters last week. “But, you know, there’s a couple guys that have come off that we’re going to go ahead and make sure that we’re doing the right thing by them in terms of the adjustments to training they had to make the last few weeks.”

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Martinez, who played at an All-Pro level in 2020, was among the players dealing with lingering issues. However, like rookie wide receiver Kadarius Toney, his stay on the COVID list was relatively short-lived.

Although Martinez will return to practice on Saturday night, expect the Giants to ease him back into thing as opposed to throwing him right into the fire.

In addition to Martinez returning, Judge also revealed that the injury sustained by linebacker Lorenzo Carter was not a reaggravation of his Achilles rupture.

According to Judge, the injury is not only unrelated but potentially minor.

“There will be periods within this training camp that you’ll see a little less of them at times and then you’ll see a lot of them,” Judge said, via Tom Rock of Newsday. “Right now, [Carter[ is in one of those periods [of less].”

With Martinez being eased back in, Carter still dealing with load management and Reggie Ragland on NFI, the Giants announced the signing of veteran inside linebacker Todd Davis on Saturday.

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