The Giants got down to 53 players today and two veteran defensive players wound up on injured reserve on their way to that number.
Cornerback Terrell Thomas and defensive tackle Shaun Rogers have both been shelved for the season as players placed on injured reserve without first making the 53-man roster are not eligible to be designated as short-term injured reserve players under the rule adopted this week. There had been hopeful signs about both players in recent days, which made it seem like they could be considered for the new designation. That turned out not to be the case.
It’s a brutal blow for Thomas, who was coming off a torn ACL when he re-injured the same knee early in camp. Doctors determined there was not another tear and that Thomas could rehab the injury without surgery, but the Giants obviously don’t think he’s going to get to a place where he can help them this year. Thomas will almost certainly become a free agent after the season as the Giants have an out after the first year of the four-year deal he signed this offseason and it will be interesting to see what he has left after two full years off the field.
Rogers has a blood clot in his leg that was originally thought to be a season-ending condition. There were reports to the contrary, but it turns out the first word was the right word. Defensive tackle Marvin Austin, who has battled a back injury much of the summer, made the 53-man roster and could be a candidate for the new short term provision.
We’ve reported on several of the Giants cuts already on Friday, but here’s the full list: They waived/injured cornerback Bruce Johnson and cut wide receivers David Douglas, Dan DePalma and Isiah Stanback, defensive ends Craig Marshall and Matt Broha, defensive tackles Marcus Thomas and Dwayne Hendricks, linebacker Jake Muasau, tight end Larry Donnell, offensive linemen Chris White, Matt McCants, Selvish Capers and Stephen Goodin, defensive backs Laron Scott and Dante Hughes and quarterback Ryan Perrilloux.
Safety Tyler Sash will spend the first four weeks of the season serving a suspension.