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Giants add CB Brandon McGee to active roster; waive TE Jerome Cunningham


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Faced with a shortage of cornerbacks for their game tomorrow night in Philadelphia, the Giants today signed corner Brandon McGee off their practice squad to the active roster.

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McGee takes the roster spot of tight end Jerome Cunningham, who was waived.

The Giants will play without right cornerback Prince Amukamara, who is expected to miss two-to-four  games with a partially torn pectoral muscle. Also, nickel corner Trumaine McBride is listed as questionable because of a groin injury and an illness that forced him to miss one day of practice and left him limited in two others.

Without McGee, the Giants might have had only three corners to face the Eagles: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Jayron Hosley and Trevin Wade.

McGee, 5-11 and 203 pounds, joined the practice squad last Wednesday. He has played in 17 regular-season games, all with the St. Louis Rams. McGee was credited with 10 tackles (eight solo).

McGee was a 2013 fifth round draft choice of the Rams (149th overall selection), from Miami. He played in 15 games that season, and had eight tackles. Last year, he played in two games before going on injured reserve with a foot injury.

McGee was waived on Sept. 5, signed to the Rams' practice squad 10 days later, was signed to the active roster on Sept. 29, and was waived again on Oct. 2.

Cunningham joined the Giants as a rookie free agent from Southern Connecticut State on Aug. 5, 2014. After spending most last season on the practice squad, Cunningham was signed to the active roster on Dec. 17 but was inactive for the final two games.

After he was inactive for the opener in Dallas, he made his NFL debut vs. Atlanta on Sept. 20, when he had one reception for three yards. Cunningham was inactive for the last three games, two due to a knee injury.

His departure leaves the Giants with two tight ends on their roster, Larry Donnell and rookie Will Tye (who had his first four NFL receptions last week).

  • Three players did not travel with the team to Philadelphia: Amukamara, wide receiver Victor Cruz (calf) and linebacker Devon Kennard (hamstring). All three players had previously been declared out of the game.
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