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New York Giants Place Cooper Taylor on Injured Reserve; Sign Eric Herman from Practice Squad

December 26th, 2013 at 7:00 AM
By Dan Benton

As expected, the New York Giants did place one of their remaining injured players on season-ending Injured Reserve (IR) Wednesday, but it was not wide receiver Victor Cruz, who is officially out for the remainder of the year with a knee injury. Instead, the team opted to place rookie safety Cooper Taylor on IR due to a hamstring injury.

Taylor, a fifth-round pick of the Giants in April's NFL Draft, initially suffered the hamstring injury on December 8th in a loss to the San Diego Chargers. He was subsequently inactive against both the Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions, and now sees his rookie campaign come to an end after playing in 10 games.

To replace him on the 53-man roster, the Giants have signed guard Eric Herman off of their practice squad.

Herman, a seventh-round pick of the Giants in the same draft, was originally waived on August 31st as a part of final cuts, but signed to the practice squad only a day later and has remained there all season.

Finally, filling Herman's role on the practice squad is defensive back Travis Howard out of Ohio State, whom the Giants signed on Wednesday.

Prior to these moves, which will likely be the last of the season for Big Blue, the team had only $41,888 in remaining cap space. They also had $25.377 tied up in players on IR, as well as $9.106 million in dead money. Each of those, of course, will now go up.

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13 Responses to “New York Giants Place Cooper Taylor on Injured Reserve; Sign Eric Herman from Practice Squad”

  1.  Krow says:

    These moves are always head scratchers … especially if Herman doesn’t play at all.

    • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

      Solely about the money (or lack thereof) in this instance. Any other move with someone making more money would have required an injury settlement, release or restructure.

      •  Krow says:

        Oh I get that part … the money angle. Just don’t know why they’re bothering. Especially if Herman just sits it out. Why go through all the paperwork to exchange one bench jockey for another.

  2.  James Stoll says:

    After Sunday it will be interesting to see how long the giants wait to officially announce Tom’s return and extension through 2015. A day? A week?
    After that we have to suffer 5 weeks of playoffs and then another 4 weeks of nothing before we get a glimpse of what the 2014 roster will look like

    •  turkish says:

      Truth is Mara hasn’t said a word. So we don’t know what is going to happen. A lot of speculation and “Reports” saying Coughlin and Gilbride will be here in 2014, but nothing concrete.

      I would not mind if Couhlin did return, but OC, DC and ST should all get fired.

      •  James Stoll says:

        The latter will never happen
        Tom gets to coach with who he wants to coach with
        Can’t see Tom bringing in new guys and new systems at this point

      • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

        These “reports” come from people in the know. I’m not even that connected and I can tell you with near 100% certainty that Coughlin will return if he wants to, and Fewell/Gilbride with both return unless they get better jobs elsewhere.

        I feel like this site goes through this same thing year after year. Coughlin will leave when he retires.

  3.  James Stoll says:

    Assuming we win Sunday against the Kirk Cousins led Washington Redskins, we will finish the season at 7-9. Slowly over time the record will be interpreted as a team not that terrible. But before we leave 2013, we should take stock of just how horrible this team was and how badly this season played out.
    0-6 to start and effectively out of the playoff picture following the Kansas City slaughter. Record turnovers those first 6 weeks. dreadful play by all three units.
    Then came the worst, weirdest, luckiest 4 game winning streak of all time as we played 4 team’s either horrible in their own right, missing both their 1st and 2d string QBs, or both.
    Of course mathematically it put us back in the hunt, even though we were never seriously there.
    But the team had a chance hosting a bad Dallas team, maimed on defense, to put itself in position to compete for the division. And even though the game was competitive to the end (2 bad team’s stumbling their way to the finish line), we found a way to lose on all sides of the ball when it counted most. After that we turned in a couple of embarrassments and a win over a terrible Redskin team and a Detroit team doing it’s best imitation of the Giants.
    A win Sunday will be meaningless; a loss only an exclamation point on the season.
    So much terrible football this season.
    Unlike years past, not a single well played game against a good team.
    The closest we game was the game against the Pack, but there we faced their 3d string QB.
    although it won’t result in a regime change (likely need an identical 2014, and maybe even a 2015 for that to happen), I hope Mara, Coughlin and Reese look soberly at this season and realize that 2013 was an epic disaster more worthy of a saw than a scalpel.

  4.  Krow says:

    If anyone of note is in jeopardy it could be Fewell. And even that’s a long shot. I expect an assistant or two will pay the ultimate price. I’ll be surprised if they don’t do something about Specials. But that’s all I see happening … unless Mara goes all alpha dog on everyone.

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