Logan Ryan had this plan.
He was going to put on his full Giants uniform, drive over to MetLife Stadium, hop out of his car and run onto the field just before kickoff for Sunday’s game against the Eagles.
That did not happen.
Ryan was on the Reserve/COVID-19 list and needed two negative tests within a 48-hour period to get cleared. He actually had his second negative test, but the result came in too close to game time.
“The NFL doesn’t allow it based on protocols and stuff like that,’’ Ryan said Wednesday.
He is back. After missing two games, he will play this weekend in Miami. It was an excruciating wait for Ryan, who watched from his New Jersey home as the Giants lost to the Buccaneers in Tampa and, six days later, came home and beat the Eagles. That was a strange experience, as Ryan’s family went to the game at MetLife and he stayed behind, by himself, to watch his team on television.
“It was very weird,’’ Ryan said. “It was very weird that everyone was going to the game and I was staying at home. It just was very weird and different, but the guys stepped up. The guys played great, held it down for me. Very encouraging. We’ve got a lot of young guys on our team, on our defense especially, that have just grown up.’’
Ryan said his case of COVID-19 was “pretty mild.’’ His symptoms included sinus congestion, headaches and body aches that lasted a few days.
“I was doing everything I could holistically, not what Aaron Rodgers was doing, but I was taking vitamins and drinking water,’’ Ryan said, taking a jab at the Packers’ “immunized’’ quarterback.
As far as keeping himself in game shape, well, Ryan had to improvise. He bounced on a trampoline with his kids, he said, for two hours a day. He tossed his kids in the air. He practiced “tackling’’ his kids.
“Fortunately, I recovered pretty quickly and I’m back here to get my wind back and back with the guys and I’m very excited to be back,’’ he said.
Ryan last week saw Xavier McKinney come away with his fifth interception of the season and Julian Love, starting in Ryan’s place, come up with a key fumble recovery. He liked what he saw. He also came to realize what he needs to give to his younger teammates, a lesson he says he learned from watching them in action.
“I just saw what my role was when I was out — to bring energy, to be a contagious leader, being infectious and be resilient and to keep leading the guys play in and play out,’’ Ryan said. “Whether I play perfect or not, the guys need my leadership, the guys need me there. It’s not about a missed tackle or not, it’s about how you respond the next play because the game wasn’t perfect, but our guys found a way to make the plays in the end. I felt like I kind of felt my role and what it needs to be.
“That’s what it’s going to be going forward is the guy who’s contagious in my energy and picking everyone up around me.’’
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