Yesterday, the NFLPA and the league did teams a solid by ratifying the revision to the injured reserve rule and extending the league trading deadline to the Tuesday after Week 8.
The new IR rule will allow teams to reactivate one player from the IR season. The player must be on the team's 53-man roster after all cuts are made. The player will not be eligible to practice with the team for six weeks and will be eligible to be activated to the roster after eight weeks.
The Giants have several players who could qualify for this, but Tom Coughlin said yesterday he did not know if the team would employ the new rule or who the team would designate if they did decide to use it.
CB Terrell Thomas and DTs Shaun Rogers and Marvin Austin could all be candidates, but it is widely believed that Thomas could be ready in late September. Rogers has a blood clot in his leg and has not been cleared to practice yet. Austin's status is still unclear.
Another candidate could be DE Adrian Tracy (hamstring). The Giants can give his spot to Adewale Ojomo and then reintegrate Tracy at mid-season. They might need him then. The new IR rule states the player designated must have a "major injury" so the Giants may not be able to use it at all.
The team will be carrying several players that aren't ready for the season: Thomas, Austin, LB Michael Boley (hamstring), CB Prince Amukamara (ankle) and some that are still questionable: RB Ahmad Bradshaw (hand) and OTs Will Beatty and James Brewer (back). So, health is going play a huge part in these cuts today.
Don't expect too many surprises today. Jerry Reese covets his draftees and doesn't give up on them easily. Let that be your guide.
Giants reporter Mike Garafolo gives GEICO SportsNite an update on who may stay and who could be cut from the Giants' final roster.