The New York Giants had a 4 p.m. deadline today to trim their roster down from 85 to 80 players.
This morning, Dan Duggan of The Athletic reported that TE Rysen John (ankle) and safety Quincy Wilson (ankle) were both placed on IR. The Giants confirmed these moves in their announcement this afternoon.
The team also announced three additional moves.
Defensive back Montre Hartage (shoulder) and tight end Cole Hikutini (hip) were waived. Long-snapper Carson Tinker’s contract was terminated.
There is less of a need for a back-up long snapper this season because there is no longer a five-day waiting period for signing free agents so the release of Tinker makes sense.
Hikutini, who has played with some of the league’s best tight ends in George Kittle, Kyle Rudolph and Jason Witten, sustained a hip injury midway through the Giant’s preseason opener against the Jets that sidelined him for the rest of the game. He did not play in Cleveland against the Browns this past Sunday.
The Giants entered training camp with depth at the tight end position. But Rudolph’s foot injury has put his Week 1 status in doubt and Levine Toilolo tore his right Achilles. Another potential tight end, Rysen John, was landed on the IR this morning with an ankle injury. Hikutini joins the growing list of injured tight ends for the Giants.
The remaining 80-man roster does not include running back Sandro Platzgummer, who the team gets an exemption for as part of the NFL’s International Player Pathway Program.
The Giants need to make 27 more moves to get their roster down to 53 players by next Tuesday. Be sure to stay with Big Blue View for more updates and analysis as the Giants make their roster moves.