The Giants activated Hernandez from the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, Michael Eisen of the team's official site reports.
Hernandez has missed the last two games while on the list, but he's cleared the necessary protocols and should return to his starting left guard role Sunday against the Eagles.
Hernandez won't be eligible to suit up for Sunday's game in Washington even if he comes off the COVID-19 list before then, Dan Duggan of The Athletic reports.
Hernandez could come off the reserve/COVID-19 list as early as Saturday, but he'd still have to undergo multiple medical evaluations before being officially cleared to retake the field. As such, rookie fifth-round pick Shane Lemieux looks set to start at left guard in Washington.
Hernandez was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
All but four of the Giants' offensive linemen remain in quarantine as the team sorts through contact tracing. Postponement of the game will certainly be considered if COVID spread can't be controlled within the Giants locker room, but a Monday night kickoff provides extra time to resolve the situation. Tampa Bay's front could wreak havoc in that contest, especially if Hernandez is inactive. So far this season the Buccaneers rank third in the NFL with 3.6 sacks per game, also while standing as the No. 1 rush defense for a second consecutive year. Hernandez has been a stalwart for New York's front, playing 100 percent of the offensive snaps this season on top of 32 combined starts between 2018 and 2019.
Hernandez played every snap on offense during Sunday's 31-26 loss to the Lions.
Hernandez is playing an every-down role in New York's offense. The 2018 second-round pick's reliable presence at left guard has proven a key factor in protecting rookie signal-caller Daniel Jones.
Hernandez played 100 percent of snaps on offense during Sunday's 28-14 loss to the Bills.
Hernandez started every snap at left guard for the Giants. He played a key role in limiting Buffalo to only one sack on quarterback Eli Manning, despite the Bills' defensive line applying consistent pressure.