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Giants make roster moves; Peyton Hillis on IR

Posted Nov 15, 2014

The Giants have placed Peyton Hillis on injured reserve with a concussion

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.  – The Giants, who gained a running back but lost a linebacker during the week, today lost a running back but added a linebacker.

The team announced that Peyton Hillis, the team’s third-leading rusher, was placed on injured reserve with a concussion, his second in as many seasons. His roster spot was taken by linebacker Justin Anderson, who was signed off the practice squad.

The Giants will host the San Francisco 49ers tomorrow. This week, they welcomed back running back Rashad Jennings, who missed the previous four games with a knee injury. Jacquian Williams, the Giants’ leading tackler, will be sidelined for the game vs. San Francisco with a concussion he sustained last week in Seattle.

Hillis, a seven-year pro, joined the Giants on Oct. 16, 2013. Last year, he played in seven games and rushed for 247 yards and two touchdowns and caught 13 passes for 96 yards. He suffered a concussion in a loss to Seattle on Dec. 15 and missed the game the following week in Detroit.

This year, Hillis sat out much of training camp and the preseason with an ankle injury. But he played in each of the first nine regular-season games before again suffering a concussion last week, in another game against the Seahawks. Hillis finished the season with 26 rushing attempts for 115 yards, a 4.4-yard average, and 10 receptions for 87 yards.

Anderson, 6-3 and 232 pounds, was originally signed as a rookie free agent by the Giants on May 12 from Louisiana-Lafayette. He was waived on Aug. 26 and signed to the practice squad on Oct. 29. Anderson had three tackles and a forced fumble in the preseason.

He led the Ragin’ Cajuns in tackles in both 2012 and 2013, and finished his career with 294 tackles (166 solo) and 3.5 sacks.