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New York Giants roster moves: Elerson Smith activated from IR

Trent Harris, Pharoh Cooper elevated from practice squad

NFL: New York Giants Rookie Minicamp
Elerson Smith during rookie mini-camp.
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Elerson Smith, the New York Giants’ fourth-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, will make his debut Sunday against the Las Vegas Raiders. Smith, who has been on IR with a hamstring injury suffered right before training camp, was activated on Saturday.

The Giants are also elevating two players — linebacker Trent Harris and return specialist Pharoh Cooper — from their practice squad for Sunday’s game.

Smith, 6-foot-6 and 250 pounds, has not played in a game since the end of the 2019 season. The former Northern Iowa star missed the 2020 season when the Missouri Valley Conference cancelled play due to COVID-19.

Harris was elevated from the practice squad for Monday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs. He played seven defensive snaps, with one tackle.

Cooper, a veteran return man who was an All-Pro in 2017, was signed to the practice squad earlier in the week. The Giants have lost returners C.J. Board, Jabrill Peppers and Dante Pettis to injuries this season.