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Giants place Elerson Smith, John Ross on IR; C.J. Board, Casey Kreiter are back

Roster manipulation continues as Giants fine-tune their 53-man roster

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C.J. Board
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The New York Giants continued to shuffle their roster Wednesday evening. The Giants placed rookie edge defender Elerson Smith and wide receiver John Ross on injured reserve, and re-signed wide receiver C.J. Board and long snapper Casey Kreiter.

Smith, the team’s fourth-round pick out of Northern Iowa, had barely practiced all summer after suffering a hamstring injury. Ross, a veteran wide receiver signed as a free agent, has not practiced over the past two or three weeks with a hamstring injury of his own.

Both players will be eligible to return to the 53-man roster after missing three games.

Board was cut earlier in the day and then re-signed in a bit of roster manipulation. Kreiter, the team’s long-snapper last season, was cut when the initial 53-man roster was set on Tuesday. The expectation was that he would quickly be re-signed, and that has taken place.

Coach Joe Judge spoke on Wednesday about the roster shuffling.

“There’s a lot of roster movement. There’s guys that we’re going to have on our roster on day one that we didn’t go through training camp with. That’s just a natural part of the National Football League,” Judge said. “It’ll be a part of the process of us really identifying what we’re doing well, things we have to overcome and keep improving as we go through it. To me, you’re never a final product to begin with, especially not early in the year.”