With Alec Ogletree dealing with a hamstring issue and Tae Davis in the concussion protocol, the New York Giants are re-signing veteran linebacker Nate Stupar. In a corresponding roster move, the team is terminating the contract of tight end Eric Tomlinson.
The 31-year-old Stupar was a Giant last season, playing mostly on special teams. He was cut this year before Week 1.
The Giants ended Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with rookie Ryan Connelly and recently-signed veteran David Mayo as their only available inside linebackers.
It is perhaps surprising that the Giants brought back Stupar rather than promoting undrafted free agent rookie Josiah Tauaefa from the practice squad. Tauaefa had a team-leading 17 tackles in the preseason.
Tomlinson played three games for the Giants after being claimed on waivers from the New York Jets. The Giants still have four tight ends on their 53-man roster.
With Saquon Barkley (high ankle sprain) out for several weeks the Giants will also have to add at least one running back to the 53-man roster this week. Currently, the only available backup for Wayne Gallman is fullback Elijhaa Penny.