The New York Giants know all too well the feeling of having to make snap roster moves to cover positions that are depleted by injury.
After being the NFL’s injury dynasty for three years the Giants know the calculus of filling out a depleted depth chart. And despite being relatively healthy in 2016, they’ve already had to do it once, when a rash of injuries opened the door for Andrew Adams to emerge as the starting free safety.
Now after three injuries to interior offensive linemen in the last two games, the Giants find themselves having to do it again. With starting left guard Justin Pugh sidelined with a knee sprain, primary center/guard back-up Brett Jones down with a calf strain, and his back-up Adam Gettis dealing with an injury of his own, the Giants have signed C/G Shane McDermott from their practice squad to the 53-man roster.
#NYG sign OL Shane McDermott, waive LB Deontae Skinner. Depth for injury-depleted o-line.— Kimberly Jones (@KimJonesSports) November 19, 2016
McDermott was in the battle for the Giants’ back-up center position in the preseason and practiced at center and both guard spots in camp. The move gives them depth at three positions while they wait for Pugh and Jones to get healthy.
Linebacker Deontae Skinner was waived in the corresponding roster move.
Edit: In a not-surprising move, the Giants have also re-signed QB Logan Thomas to take McDermott's place on the practice squad