Giants middle linebacker Dan Connor, who suffered his second burner in as many games this past weekend against Dallas, had hoped this latest injury that had kept him out of practice Wednesday and Thursday, would go away.
“I’m not too concerned,” Connor told reporters after practice today. “I’ve had this in the past, and you get over it. I know when I get out and play, it doesn’t change how I play. If nothing’s wrong we’ll go from there, but it’s just tough watching practice, watching the games.”
Unfortunately, for Connor, who was still holding out hope for Sunday, he’ll have no choice but to watch practices and games from now on as the Giants placed him on injured reserve today.
Head coach Tom Coughlin, when asked about Connor after practice, didn’t sound very optimistic about his starting middle linebacker when it was suggested that burners can be cumulative.
“Makes it very difficult,” he said solemnly. “Guy’s playing linebacker.”
In addition, defensive coordinator Perry Fewell admitted that being down one linebacker this weekend was cause for concern.
“It’s always a problem when you lose a player that is a first-team player, that’s a starter, so yes, that is a problem,” he said.
While it is unlikely that the Giants will use their base defense much this weekend against Denver, the team decided to get a jumpstart on improving their depth at the position when they were awarded former Seahawks linebacker Allen Bradford, off waivers.
Bradford is listed as 5-11, 235 lbs. and is a former high school running back who moved to linebacker at USC under former head coach Pete Carroll. As a rookie, Bradford played running back for the Bucs, who drafted him in the sixth round in 2011. He played in one game, carrying the ball five times for 13 yards before being waived.
He switched to linebacker with the Seahawks, who added him to their practice squad.
In practice squad news, the Giants re-signed wide receiver Marcus Harris, whose practice squad contract had been terminated on Tuesday, and terminated the contract of tackle Steven Baker.