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Giants Roster Moves: Schwartz, Kiwanuka, Snyder, Ayers, Terrell Manning to IR

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In a historically bad day, the Giants sent five to the injured reserve, sign three from the practice squad and add a free agent.

Geoff Schwartz is carted off the field on Sunday vs. Jacksonville
Geoff Schwartz is carted off the field on Sunday vs. Jacksonville
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The New York Giants injured reserve list just got a bit more crowded.

It was already known that the team leader in sacks, defensive end Robert Ayers, would be going to the injured reserve after tearing a pectoral muscle Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

However, it  came as a surprise when the Giants announced Tuesday evening that, OL Geoff Schwartz, DE Mathias Kiwanuka, OG Adam Snyder, and LB Terrell Manning would also be going on the IR with assorted injuries.

Next to Ayers, the biggest loss is, both literally and metaphorically, Schwartz, who hinted that surgery is needed to repair his injured ankle.

With the loss of both Ayers and Kiwanuka, sophomore defensive end DaMontre Moore is going to get his chance to start opposite Jason Pierre-Paul. That also promotes Kerry Wynn, the undrafted rookie from Richmond, to the role of primary back-up.

Of late, a common theme among the coaching staff has been the desire and need to increase Moore's work load. After seeing his heaviest workload against Jacksonville, Moore will get his long-awaited shot as a starter in the final quarter of the season as the players ahead of him on the depth chart have gone down to injury.

It will be interesting to see if Moore steps in at the left defensive end position vacated by Kiwanuka and Ayers, or if the bigger -- and stouter run defending -- Jason Pierre-Paul switches sides.

In corresponding roster moves, the Giants have signed guard Eric Herman, defensive tackle Dominique Hamilton, and linebacker James Davidson off their practice squad. Running back Chris Ogbonnaya was signed as a free agent.

Herman was drafted by the Giants in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft, where he was a powerful, pancake-happy guard Miami (OH).

Ogbonnaya has played in 51 regular-season games for Houston, Cleveland, and Carolina, starting 12 of them. He has 158 carries for 710 yards and two touchdowns.

Hamilton is a big, long-armed defensive tackle from Mizzou. He was primarily a run stuffer in college, but possesses intriguing athleticism.

James Davidson is a big, athletic, outside linebacker from University of Texas El Paso (UTEP).

And from the Giants' press release, they will be forced to play with a 52-man roster for the time being.

Although the Giants placed five players on I.R., they can replace only four on the roster, because Manning was signed last week from the Cincinnati Bengals' practice squad. According to NFL rules, he cannot be replaced on the 53-man roster for three weeks after moving from a practice squad to the roster, even if he is placed on injured reserve.

With the Giants' season gone, these injuries give them the opportunity to see some of their younger players in larger roles, and evaluate more of the back end of their roster before the 2015 off season.

While there is no official word on Rashad Jennings, the fact that the weren't moved to the injured reserve could mean that he could play again this season despite injuring his ankle against Jacksonville.