Logan Ryan was the one who came up with this strategy.
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.
It didn’t happen.
Ryan, who was on the Reserve/COVID-19 List, needed to pass two negative tests in 48 hours. Although he did have his second negative test in the end, it was too late to allow him to play.
“The NFL doesn’t allow it based on protocols and stuff like that,’’ Ryan said Wednesday.
He’s back. He will be playing in Miami this weekend, after missing two games. Ryan watched in pain from New Jersey as his Giants fell to Tampa’s Buccaneers. Six days later the Eagles beat Ryan. 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. The guys were able to step up and make it a little more normal. I was able to rely on the guys for their support. It was 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.
Ryan was unable to keep himself fit and healthy. For two hours each day, Ryan bounced on a trampoline together with his children. His children were thrown in the air by him. 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 enjoyed what he witnessed. He was also able to see the potential in his teammates’ younger players, something he said he gained from their actions.
“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. It felt almost like I understood my role.
“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.’’