As expected, the New York Giants today re-signed veteran linebacker Chase Blackburn, a Giant from 2005-2010 who was. Left tackle Will Beatty was, unfortunately, placed on injured reserve to make room for Blackburn.
Blackburn, 6-foot-3 and 247 pounds, led the Giants in special teams tackles in each of his six seasons. He also started games at middle linebacker and weakside linebacker.
The 28-year-old Blackburn has played in 93 regular season games with 17 starts and in six postseason games. His career regular season totals include 108 tackles (65 solo), 1.5 sacks, two interceptions (including one returned 32 yards for a touchdown), three passes defensed, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and 104 special teams tackles.
In 2010, Blackburn played in 14 games with the vast majority of his action on special teams.
Beatty had surgery last week for a detached retina. The Giants apparently believe his eye will not heal sufficiently for him to play the remainder of the season.
PRACTICE SQUAD NOTE: This is another case of 'Follow the bouncing Perrilloux.' The Giants have cut quarterback Ryan Perrilloux from the practice squad for the sixth time this season, adding running back Isaiah Stanback in his place. All I can say is, I wonder who will be cut next week when the Giants inevitably bring Perrilloux back.