Veteran cornerback Aaron Ross was placed on injured reserve Saturday by the New York Giants as part of a roster shuffle made in advance of Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Offensive lineman Dallas Reynolds, signed earlier in the week, was waived.
In their place the Giants added safety Will Hill, who missed the first four games while serving a suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, and promoted rookie cornerback Charles James from the practice squad.
Ross, 31, left last Sunday's game vs. the Kansas City Chiefs -- one he started -- with a back injury. Ross, the Giants' first-round pick in 2007, spent five seasons with New York before going to the Jacksonville Jaguars as a free agent in 2012. He returned this season after being cut by Jacksonville.
Why did the Giants choose to place Ross on IR? Ralph Vacchiano of the Daily News explains:
Aaron Ross was told back injury could keep him out anywhere from 2-8 weeks. Giants needed roster spot and couldn't wait out vague timeframe.— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) October 5, 2013
James is an undrafted free agent who had an impressive training camp and preseason, earning a spot on the practice squad.
I also did a 'Five Giants' players to watch Sunday' post for Yahoo Sports this week.
Around The Inter-Google
Gary Myers of the Daily News says the Giants still have reason to hope, but that they have to win Sunday.
Eagles.com offers thoughts on what to watch for Sunday afternoon.
When Victor Cruz signed his $46-million contract he said he still thought he was underpaid. Newsday's Bob Glauber says it looks like Cruz was right.
The Giants traded for linebacker Jon Beason this week, their first in-season trade since acquiring Ottis Anderson in 1986. Paul Schwartz of the New York Post says it's obvious that GM Jerry Reese has a blind spot when it comes to evaluating linebackers.
The Star-Ledger says the Giants need to make some changes on offense.
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