The New York Giants have placed linebackers Mark Herzlich on the injured reserve list.
Herzlich suffered a stinger early in training camp and didn’t participate in any pre-season games.
The Giants placed Herzlich on the injured reserve as a part of their cut-down to a 53-man roster. This move effectively ends his 2017 season before it even began, and it could also mark the end of his time with the Giants.
“We felt it was best to put Mark on IR this year and give him an opportunity to get healthy,” said head coach Ben McAdoo. “He’ll still be involved with the team, whether it’s in the locker room, or in the meeting rooms. Mark will still be around to help the guys.”
Herzlich has been a key special teams player and back-up at the middle and strong side linebacker positions since being signed by the team as an undrafted free agent out of Boston College in 2011. Analysts have projected him off the Giants’ roster for years now, and it has finally happened.
This is the second time in two years that a stinger has caused a Giant to be placed on the injured reserve, with FB/TE Will Johnson losing his season to the injury last year. A “stinger” is an injury to the nerves of the neck. As a nerve injury, there is no set timeline for recovery — as Peyton Manning well knows, they heal at their own rate and everyone is different.
It is possible that the Giants could reach an injury settlement with Herzlich and and release him with the intention of eventually re-sign him (when they would be able to, is based on the length of the settlement), unless he is signed by another team.