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Giants news, 10/2: Defensive lineman Josh Mauro eligible to return

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Defense could be getting reinforcements

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Good morning, New York Giants fans! Here are some headlines to start your Tuesday.

Defensive reinforcements on the way

I know, I know. You looked at that subhead and thought “what the Giants really need is help on offense.” Right now, though, it looks like they might soon have a couple of additions to the front seven of their defense.

Josh Mauro, suspended for the first four games for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy, has served the suspension and can begin practicing again. The Giants have a roster exemption for Mauro and don’t have to active him until next Monday. If they don’t activate him for Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers, the defensive lineman’s first action would come next Thursday against the Philadelphia Eagles. Mauro won’t count against the 53-man roster until the Giants activate him.

“Excited to be back around the guys,” Mauro said. “I’m just grateful to be back here and I just want to help contribute to win football games.”

Linebacker Olivier Vernon has yet to play this season due to a high ankle sprain. Coach Pat Shurmur said Monday that he is “optimistic” that Vernon could play vs. Carolina.

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