EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Left tackle Andrew Thomas was placed on injured reserve in one of a series of roster moves announced Tuesday afternoon by the Giants.
Thomas, a starter since he was the fourth overall choice in the 2020 NFL Draft, hurt his ankle in the Giants' 38-11 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. He missed the previous game with a foot injury. The two injuries are on different legs. Thomas was replaced by Nate Solder against the Cowboys and fellow second-year pro Matt Peart vs. the Rams.
Thomas must sit out at least three games before becoming eligible to return to the roster. The Giants play Carolina, Kansas City, and Las Vegas before their bye, so the earliest Thomas can return is the Nov. 22 Monday night game at Tampa Bay.
Wide receiver/return specialist C.J. Board was also put on injured reserve after suffering a fractured forearm against Los Angeles.
The Giants filled the roster vacancies created by the two I.R. moves by signing tackle Korey Cunningham and wide receiver Dante Pettis off their practice squad.
Cunningham, 6-6 and 311 pounds, was elevated to the active roster from the practice squad for each of the last two games. He played three snaps at right tackle on Sunday after playing five on special teams in his Giants debut in Dallas.
Cunningham entered the NFL as a seventh-round draft choice of the Arizona Cardinals in 2018. As a rookie, he started all six games in which he played at left tackle. He was traded just prior to the 2019 season to the New England Patriots, for whom he played in 12 games in two seasons.
Pettis caught five passes for 48 yards – each the second-highest total on the team – against the Rams in his 2021 debut.
He joined the Giants on Nov. 4, 2020, as a waiver claim after his release by the San Francisco 49ers. Pettis played in the season's final two games and caught four passes for 76 yards and one touchdown. Pettis had two receptions for 33 yards in his Giants debut at Baltimore on Dec. 27 and two for 43 yards, including his first Giants touchdown on a 33-yard pass from Daniel Jones, vs. Dallas on Jan. 3.
The Giants made several other moves involving their practice squad. They signed veteran linebacker Benardrick McKinney, as well as wide receiver Travis Toivonen, defensive tackle Woodrow Hamilton, and offensive tackle Derrick Kelly.
McKinney, 6-4 and 257 pounds, played in 80 regular-season games with 77 starts and started all six postseason games in which he played for the Houston Texans from 2015-20. His career totals include 525 tackles (312 solo) and 11.5 sacks in the regular season and 44 tackles (23 solo) in the playoffs.
McKinney, 28, played just four games in 2020 before a shoulder injury forced him to go on injured reserve. He was traded on March 17 to the Miami Dolphins, who released him on Aug. 31.
Toivonen, 6-4 and 212 pounds, was signed as an undrafted rookie by the Seattle Seahawks on June 8 and released on Aug. 31. At the University of North Dakota, he played in 42 games and caught 139 passes for 1,719 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Kelly, 6-5 and 320 pounds, participated in 16 offensive plays and 22 on special teams in six games for the New Orleans Saints in 2020. He originally joined the Saints as a rookie free agent in 2019 and spent that entire season on their practice squad. Kelly was back on their squad for the first few weeks of this season before he was cut on Oct. 12.
The Giants terminated the practice squad contracts of tight end Jake Hausmann and guard Cole Banwart.
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