Kiwanuka, 31, may have played his last game with the Giants after nine seasons and two Super Bowl titles. He would count $7.45 million against the 2015 salary cap, and the Giants could realize savings of almost $5 million by cutting him. Kiwanuka has 38.5 sacks in his career, 2.5 this season.
Ayers started for Kiwanuka Sunday in Jacksonville and was tied for the team lead with five sacks. Snyder started in the loss to Dallas.
The Giants have placed 18 players on injured reserve since training camp. To replace those went on IR, the Giants signed linebacker James Davidson, guard Eric Herman and defensive tackle Dominique Hamilton from their practice squad.
Schwartz, one of the Giants’ major offseason acquisitions, missed the first 10 games after dislocating his toe against the Jets Aug. 22. Schwartz made his Giants’ debut at right tackle Nov. 23 vs. Dallas but was taken off the field on a cart sin the first quarter of the Giants’ loss Sunday in Jacksonville.
The Giants also signed running back Chris Ogbonnaya, who has played in 51 regular-season games for St. Louis, Houston, Cleveland and Carolina with 12 starts. Ogbonnaya played in five games for the Panthers earlier this season and ran for 50 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.
Because Manning was signed from the Bengals practice squad last week, he cannot be replaced on the 53-man roster.
This is absolutely unbelievable. Their already wafer-thin roster becomes even more transparent. In all my years I can't recall seeing a team get hit this hard with injuries. Last year was bad enough, when the Giants lapped the league in games missed by starters and their direct backups. But this year is downright historic and record-setting.
They will be challenged to win any of their final four games with this roster, now chock full with practice squad-level talent. The Giants figured to be a painful watch before today's moves. Now, it promises to be excruciating for Giant fans.
I recall getting lambasted by a reader after I predicted the Giants would go 4-12 after getting wiped out in Detroit in Week 1. My prediction is looking pretty good right now. In fact, 4-12 would mean they'd eke out one more win this season, so it's actually optimistic.
This new round of injuries won't have much bearing on the impending changes that will happen after the Super Bowl. What will those changes be? Start your imaginations...