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Giants’ roster moves: CB Michael Hunter returns, replaces Shane Vereen

With Eli Apple, DRC hurting Giants add cornerback depth

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Michael Hunter breaks up a pass during a preseason game.
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Cornerback Michael Hunter is back with the New York Giants, added to the 53-man roster to take the spot of running back Shane Vereen, placed on injured reserve with a triceps injury.

Hunter has had a roller coaster few days. An undrafted free agent who last played for Oklahoma State, Hunter was part of the team’s practice squad to begin the regular season. He was added to the 53-man roster last week when safety Mykkele Thompson went on IR with a knee injury. When it was announced late in the week that safety Darian Thompson would not play against the Washington Redskins due to a foot injury, Hunter was waived and rookie safety Andrew Adams was added to the roster.

Now, with Vereen down and cornerbacks Eli Apple (hamstring) and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (groin) having left Sunday’s game early, Hunter is back to provide cornerback depth.

The Giants also filled a vacancy on their practice squad by signing defensive back Doran Grant. A 2015 fourth-round pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers, Grant played in three games for Pittsburgh last season.