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Giants waive Paul Perkins with “injured” designation

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The Giants release the injured running back

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The New York Giants have announced that they have waived/injured running back Paul Perkins.

Perkins was the Giants’ fifth round pick in the 2016 draft, spending most of that season behind veterans Rashad Jennings and Shane Vereen. Perkins eventually worked his way into a starting role by the end of that season, carrying the ball 112 times for 456 yards (4.1 yards per carry). He entered the 2017 season as the starting running back, with his exciting, agile running style had coaches, observers, and fans alike excited for his prospects. But as the season wore on, he saw his usage dwindle to just 41 carries.

Perkins suffered a pectoral tear working out on his own at some point in the 2018 off-season. He recently underwent surgery to repair the tear and will be out for the remainder of the off-season and possibly into the regular season.

Because he was waived with an “injured” designation, he will revert to the Giants’ injured reserve if he clears waivers. The only way he could return to the Giants’ roster is if he is waived off IR with an injury settlement and goes unclaimed by another team for at least six weeks.