The Giants defense will be without its vocal leader for the rest of the season.
Ten days after the Giants surprisingly announced Pierce was out indefinitely with a bulging disk in his neck, the team placed him on injured reserve Monday.
As Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger points out, this could potentially spell the end of Pierce’s time with the Giants. Chase Blackburn will start in his place the rest of the year.
An undrafted free agent that first broke on the NFL scene under Gregg Williams in Washington, Pierce proved to be an excellent free agent signing by former Giants G.M. Ernie Accorsi.
Pierce missed only four starts at middle linebacker in his first four seasons in New York, but his play started to decline after the team’s Super Bowl season. He’s due $4.75 million in 2010.