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Giants activate DE Romeo Okwara from IR, waive LB Jeremy Cash

The Giants bring back their second-year defensive end

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The New York Giants have activated defensive end Romeo Okwara from the injured reserve.

Okwara was placed on the injured reserve back on Oct. 17, after suffering a sprained MCL in practice, and was designated for return on Nov. 29.

The Giants had hoped that the undrafted defensive end out of Notre Dame would take a step forward in his second year. However, he only recorded three combined tackles in the first five games of the season before being injured.

Okwara showed impressive potential in the first start of his career, when he started against the Dallas Cowboys in the second meeting between the two teams in 2016 after the the injury Jason Pierre-Paul. That game he notched five combined tackles and a sack, primarily matching up against Doug Free, but has yet to match that form.

The return of Okwara gives the Giants another option to rotate with the chronically over-worked Olivier Vernon and JPP. Kerry Wynn and Avery Moss received 7 total snaps against the Philadelphia Eagles this past Sunday.

Linebacker Jeremy Cash was waived in the corresponding roster move to make room for Okwara.