The Giants today added five players to their game-day roster in advance of their meeting tonight in Tampa against the defending Super Bowl champion Buccaneers.
Left tackle Andrew Thomas was activated from injured reserve. Linebacker Trent Harris was signed from the Giants' practice squad. Tight end Chris Myarick and defensive back Steven Parker were elevated from the practice squad. And wide receiver/return specialist Pharoh Cooper was activated from the practice squad as a COVID-19 replacement. Safety Logan Ryan is on the Reserve/COVID-19 list and will miss the game.
Thomas, the Giants' 2020 first-round draft choice, has missed four of the last five games, including the last three, with foot and ankle injuries.
Asked Saturday if he's been working more on the foot or the ankle, Thomas said, "it's a little bit of both. Just managing both, trying to do what I can. It depends on the day and how they feel, so just doing what I can to make sure I'm ready to play.
"It's not easy, but it puts a lot of emphasis on my technique. Plays that I might not be able to make athletically, if I have the right technique, I'll be in the right position, so that's what I'm trying to do."
Matt Peart started the last three games in his absence.
Harris was elevated from the practice squad to the roster for each of the last two games. He played a total of 31 defensive and 39 special teams snaps against Kansas City and Las Vegas and was credited with two tackles (one assist). Linebacker Lorenzo Carter will be inactive for the third consecutive game with an ankle injury, plus an illness that prevented him from practicing last week.
Myarick was signed to the practice squad on Sept. 2, two days after his release by the Miami Dolphins. He was elevated to the roster and suited up for his only game of the season on Sept. 16 at Washington, where he played seven snaps. Tight end Kaden Smith has been limited in practice with a knee injury.
Parker joined the practice squad on Sept. 21. He was elevated to the roster and played 12 special teams snaps in his first and only game for the Giants three weeks ago at Kansas City.
Cooper was signed to the practice squad on Nov. 3 and elevated to the roster three days later. In his Giants debut in the victory against the Raiders on Nov. 7, Cooper returned two punts for 26 yards and three kickoffs for 45 yards. He also played two snaps on offense.
Ryan will miss his first game in his two seasons with the Giants. His streak of 24 consecutive starts is by far the team's longest. Daniel Jones, Leonard Williams, James Bradberry and Tae Crowder are tied for second with 11 straight starts.
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