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Roster moves: Giants place RB Orleans Darkwa on IR, add S Eric Pinkins

Darkwa bothered by leg injury, Pinkins adds depth with Berhe sidelined

NFL: New York Giants at Green Bay Packers Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

For weeks now we have been wondering why the New York Giants hadn’t been using Orleans Darkwa on the offense.

Tuesday evening we got our answer.

The Giants on Tuesday placed Darkwa on IR with lower leg soreness. Darkwas has appeared only on special teams the past four games and missed a game against the Baltimore Ravens. Darkwa finishes the season with 30 carries for 11 1 yards and two touchdowns.

The Giants promoted safety Eric Pinkins from the practice squad to take his place.

Pinkins was a sixth-round draft pick by the Seattle Seahawks in 2014 out of San Diego State. He spent the 2014 season on the Seattle practice squad, but appeared in six games with a pair of tackles for the Seahawks in 2015.

Physically, there’s little doubt why the Seahawks drafted him. Pinkins is a big and athletic safety at 6-foot-3, 216 pounds. While being uninvited to the combine, at his pro day he ran a 4.44 40-yard dash, a 7.02 3-cone drill, 4.31 short shuttle, put up 25 reps at 225 pounds, had a 39.5-inch vertical leap and 10-foot, 6-inch broad jump.

The Giants got better play from Andrew Adams than they could have possibly hoped after promoting him from the practice squad. They can only hope to get anything similar from Pinkins.