EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants today made a move to bolster their depleted linebacker corps when they signed Paul Hazel – who also plays defensive end - off their practice squad. Hazel had joined the squad on Tuesday.
To make room on the roster, the Giants waived defensive tackle Dominique Hamilton, who was signed off the practice squad, also on Tuesday.
The Giants today travel to Nashville for their game tomorrow against the Tennessee Titans without linebackers Mark Herzlich and Jacquian Williams, who are sidelined with concussions. Tackle James Brewer also did not make the trip because of a concussion.
Hazel, 6-5 and 238 pounds, played 13 games for the 2013 Cleveland Browns on special teams, including six in which he also played on defense. He had three special teams tackles.
Hazel, who played at Western Michigan University, entered the NFL as a free agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars on May 3, 2013. He was waived by the Jaguars on Aug. 26 and awarded the following day to Cleveland.
The Browns waived Hazel on March 5 and the next day he joined the Houston Texans. Hazel played in two preseason games for Houston before he was waived at the end of training camp.
Hazel is a native of the Dutch Caribbean island of St.Maarten. He moved to the United States his sophomore year in high school.