The New York Giants are placing running back Gary Brightwell on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.
Brightwell is the second running back the Giants have placed on IR this week. Earlier in the week, running back/return man Eric Gray was placed on IR with a calf injury.
A third-year player, Brightwell had nine carries for 19 yards and five receptions for 47 yards this season. He has also been a core special teams player, playing 56% of the Giants’ special teams snaps this season.
Wide receiver/return man Gunner Olszewski has been signed from the practice squad to fill Brightwell’s roster spot. The Giants signed Olszewski this week, and he seems likely to at least be elevated from the practice squad to handle punt return duties, and perhaps kickoff returns.
Practice squad elevations
Quarterback Tommy DeVito is being elevated to back up starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Edge defender Oshane Ximines is also being elevated. This is the third elevation for both players. If a player is made active from the practice squad a fourth time he has to be added to the 53-man roster.