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Giants roster moves: Jerome Cunningham reportedly added to 53-man roster

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Odighizuwa to short-term IR.

Jerome Cunningham in Week 1
Jerome Cunningham in Week 1
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Tight end Jerome Cunningham is reportedly being brought back to the 53-man roster by the New York Giants, per this tweet from his agent. To make room, the Giants have placed rookie defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa on short-term IR with a hamstring injury.

The move to short-term IR means the season could be over for Odighizuwa, the team's third-round pick. He would be eligible to return to practice Dec. 17, and could be activated for the season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The move to add Cunningham is no surprise. Starting tight end Larry Donnell suffered a neck injury Sunday against the New Orleans Saints and head coach Tom Coughlin seemed uncertain of Donnell's status on Wednesday, saying he was "day-to-day, week-to-week."

That left Will Tye as the only healthy tight end on the roster.

Cunningham made the Giants' season-opening 53-man roster, playing in one game and catching one pass. He was sidelined by a knee injury, waived on Nov. 18 and then added to the practice squad a week later. The Giants added tight end Matt LaCosse to the practice squad earlier this week, perhaps foreshadowing the elevation of Cunningham to the active roster.

The Giants filled their practice squad opening by signing cornerback Dax Swanson. Since 2013, Swanson has spent time on the practice squads of the Indianapolis Colts, San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.