EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The smokey conditions in the in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area forced the Giants to cancel their scheduled practice this morning.
The workout would have been their ninth organized team activity, but the poor air quality in the region caused by smoke from Canadian wildfires made the Giants the latest local sports entity to alter their plans. The New York Yankees and Liberty yesterday postponed their games.
The Giants were scheduled to practice indoors, but even their fieldhouse had a noticeable haze.
Coach Brian Daboll apologized to reporters who traveled to the Quest Diagnostics Training Center to watch the practice.
"Some of the guys meet in that tent (which is in one of the end zones of the field house) and some of the players brought it up to Ronnie (Barnes, the Giants' senior vice president of medical services)," Daboll said. "Ronnie got the doctors out here and I said, 'What do you guys want to do?'"
The decision was quickly made to call off the practice.
"It was important to the players," Daboll said. "You guys can see how it looks in here. It's not worth it for those guys."
Daboll said it was the first cancellation caused by poor air quality in his 26-year coaching career.
"I've never seen anything like this," he said. "I'm sure some you who lived out in the west have. It's crazy, isn't it?"
Very much so.
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