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Giants’ roster move: Weston Richburg to IR, CB Tim Scott added

Giants’ 2014 second-round pick could be headed to free agency

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Weston Richburg may have snapped to Eli Manning for the final time.
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Weston Richburg may have played his last snap as a member of the New York Giants. Richburg, who is a free agent at the end of the season, was placed on IR by the Giants on Saturday due to a concussion he sustained Week 4 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Richburg hasn’t played since.

To fill the vacated roster spot, the Giants signed rookie cornerback Tim Scott off their practice squad. That move made sense because with Janoris Jenkins suspended the Giants had only four cornerbacks on the roster. One of them, Donte Deayon, is questionable Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams due to an ankle injury.

Richburg, 25, was a second-round pick by the Giants in 2014. He can be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, as can starting offensive lineman Justin Pugh. It would seem difficult for the Giants to find a way to keep both players.

With Richburg out for the year, Brett Jones will be the starting center. Former Giant center Shaun O’Hara recently complemented Jones’ play in Richburg’s absence. Jones, 26, can also be a free agent at the end of the year. If he proves capable of handling the job, the former CFL lineman would likely be a cheaper option than Richburg for 2018.

Richburg is the third offensive starter to land on IR, joining Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall.

Scott was signed by the Giants in late August and played in two preseason games.