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Giants roster move: LB Nate Stupar released

Giants have yet to fill vacant roster spot

NFL: AUG 16 Preseason - Bears at Giants
Nate Stupar (54)
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The New York Giants have made another roster move, announcing on Friday that they have released linebacker Nate Stupar.

Stupar, 31, played in 16 games with 14 tackles last season. He was mostly a special teams player for the Giants.

Stupar suffered a concussion in the Giants’ preseason finale vs. the New England Patriots.

The acquisition earlier in the week of linebacker David Mayo perhaps made Stupar expendable.

The Giants have not announced a corresponding roster move, but this late in the week what seems most likely is bringing someone up from the 10-man practice squad.

Here are the 10 players on the practice squad:

DL Freedom Akinmoladun
WR Reggie White Jr.
C/G Evan Brown
LB Josiah Tauaefa
OLB Jake Carlock
TE C.J. Conrad
RB Jon Hilliman
DL Chris Slayton
CB Corn Elder
WR David Sills

Coach coach Pat Shurmur did not appear to be in a rush on Friday to fill the roster spot.

“We’ll see. We’re going to try to find the best player available,” Shurmur said. “There are certain issues that we feel like we might be able to add some depth. But we’ll see. Possibly by the weekend, but there’s potential that we don’t.”

If the Giants wait until next week they can sign a veteran free agent without having to guarantee his salary for a full season. That is also part of why Stupar was released now. If he had been on the roster for the first game his salary would have been guaranteed for the entire season.