The Giants today filled the vacancy on their 53-man roster by signing defensive tackle Dwayne Hendricks off their practice squad.
Hendricks, 6-3 and 305 pounds, was originally by signed by the Giants as a rookie free agent on May 8, 2009. He spent the final 10 weeks of the 2009 season, the last seven weeks of the 2010 season and the first five weeks of this season on the team's practice squad. He has never played in a regular season game.
Hendricks played in all four preseason games this year, including a start in the finale at New England, where he had five tackles (four solo), a sack and a forced fumble.
At the University of Miami, Hendricks played in 32 games with 13 starts and recorded 57 tackles and 2.5 sacks. As a senior, he played in 12 games with 10 starts at right defensive tackle. Hendricks played at Millville (N.J.) High School, where as a senior he had 65 tackles, 15 tackles for losses and 4.0 sacks. He was born on March 17, 1986.
The Giants had an open roster spot because defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy this week began serving a four-game league suspension after testing positive for performance-enhancing substances. The suspension begins immediately and will conclude on Nov. 14, the day after the Giants play the 49ers in San Francisco.