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Giants place Jonathan Stewart on IR with foot injury

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Wide receiver Jawill Davis promoted from practice squad

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Veteran running back Jonathan Stewart has been placed on injured reserve by the New York Giants due to a foot injury. Stewart carried the ball only six times for 17 yards in the first three games.

With Stewart sidelined, the Giants signed wide receiver Jawill Davis off their practice squad. The 6-foot, 197-pound Davis caught three passes for 23 yards in the preseason, was released on Sept. 1 and signed to the practice squad the following day.

Stewart signed a two-year, $6.8 million contract with the Giants in the offseason. He carries a $3.925 million cap hit this season.

In April GM Dave Gettleman defended the signing of the 31-year-old 11-year veteran by saying “Jonathan Stewart is in his 10th year and he has not lost anything.”

Stewart’s play did not back up Gettleman’s belief.

Even before the announcement that Stewart was being placed on IR, running backs coach Craig Johnson had admitted that second-year man Wayne Gallman had surpassed Stewart on the depth chart.

“Gallman has been a little more productive so he’s usually going to get the first call,” Johnson said.