The Giants have waived RB Paul Perkins with a non-football injury designation, the team announced Thursday.
If Perkins clears waivers, he can be placed on IR. The 23-year-old rushed 41 times for 90 yards in 11 games last season.
SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reported last month that Perkins needed surgery after suffering a torn pectoral muscle while working out on his own before the offseason program.
The Giants never announced a timetable for Perkins' recovery, though Vacchiano noted that -- depending on the extent of the tear -- the general recovery timetable is four-to-six months.
The current notable running backs on the Giants' roster are Saquon Barkley, Jonathan Stewart and Wayne Gallman.
This could be a sad end to what once looked to be a promising career for Perkins, a fifth-rounder the Giants took out of UCLA in 2016. When they drafted him they were convinced they had a steal. It was only a matter of time until he was going to be a dominant feature back.
They loved him so much that long before the start of last season, then-coach Ben McAdoo anointed him the starting running back -- no competition needed.
Of course, things didn't go well.
In two seasons, Perkins showed a few flashes of greatness, but little else. He ended up with 153 carries for just 546 yards. Most of that came in 2016. Last year he was barely used, touching the ball just 49 times. Injuries circumvented his season, but even before he got hurt, in his four games as a starter, he rushed just 32 times for 61 yards.
Obviously the Giants are expecting a lot more from Barkley, the No. 2 overall pick in the draft who now takes over as the Giants' primary running back. His backup, the veteran Stewart, is a much better bet in the backfield, too. Perkins' best bet this season was going to be a competition with Gallman, a promising fourth-rounder from a year ago, to be a part of the end of the running back rotation. But he might have been a longshot there too.
Ironically, Perkins' pectoral injury -- which he suffered before the Giants' offseason workout program began -- bought him some time. He was waived/injured, which means if he clears waivers he will revert back to the Giants' injured reserve list. The reality, though, is he's no longer part of their future and likely headed to an injury settlement somewhere down the road.
That's quite a fall for the running back who was once thought to be the Giants' future at that position. Now he may not have an NFL future at all.