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Janoris Jenkins to have ankle surgery, be placed on IR

Injuries keep piling up for Giants

Kansas City Chiefs v New York Giants Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins has been placed on injured reserve, the team announced on Wednesday. He is scheduled to undergo ankle surgery today.

Jenkins was seen by reporters in a walking boot following Thursday’s game against the Washington Redskins. He apparently aggravated an ankle injury that has been bothering him since early in the season while returning an interception for a 53-yard touchdown.

Jenkins becomes the fifth player placed on injured reserve this week by the Giants and the 20th this season.

Earlier this week, the Giants placed cornerback Donte Deayon, offensive lineman D.J. Fluker and linebackers Curtis Grant and Deontae Skinner on IR. They have thus far added cornerback Brandon Dixon, defensive back Darryl Morris and linebackers Jeremy Cash and Ray-Ray Armstrong.

Jenkins’ spot on the roster is being filled by defensive tackle Kyrie Thornton. The 6-3 and 315 pound Thornton played in 23 games with six starts for the Detroit Lions from 2015-17. This season, Thornton missed the first six games while serving a suspension for violating the NFL substance abuse policy. He played in four games for Detroit this season.

  • The Giants have changed the status of defensive end Romeo Okwara from reserve/injured to reserve injured; designated for return. Okwara was placed on injured reserve on Oct. 17 with a knee injury he suffered in practice the previous week.
  • The Giants also waived linebacker J.T. Thomas from injured reserve with an injury settlement.