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Giants place Devonta Freeman on IR; Alfred Morris, Montre Hartage signed off practice squad


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Alfred Morris will remain in the Giants' running back rotation.

The Giants today signed the veteran off their practice squad, and he will be available to play his third consecutive game Sunday when the Giants host the Philadelphia Eagles.

The team placed running back Devonta Freeman on injured reserve.

With a potential shortage of cornerbacks for the game, the Giants also signed defensive back Montre Hartage off the practice squad.

Morris and Hartage were both added to the roster for the previous two games using a "standard exemption." But teams are permitted only two of those for each practice squad player, so Morris and Hartage had to be formally signed to the roster to suit up against Philadelphia.

Morris, a nine-year veteran, got an opportunity to make his Giants debut when Freeman missed the previous two games with an ankle injury. He rushed for 28 yards on eight carries vs. Tampa Bay and 67 yards on nine attempts last week in Washington.

Morris' presence became necessary today when the Giants announced Freeman also has a hamstring issue and was unable to practice. Freeman, who was signed on Sept. 23, rushed for 172 yards and caught seven passes in five games. He must miss a minimum of three games and will be eligible to return on Dec. 13 against Arizona (the Giants have a bye next week).

In the previous two games, Wayne Gallman and Morris combined to rush for 207 yards on 43 carries and catch three passes for 31 yards.

Hartage was in uniform but did not play against the Buccaneers and the Washington Football Team.

The Giants will potentially need another defensive back Sunday because right cornerback Isaac Yiadom is listed as questionable for the Philadelphia game with a calf injury. The two other players to start at the position this season are unavailable - Ryan Lewis is on injured reserve with a hamstring injury and Corey Ballentine was waived this week.

Hartage first joined the Giants when he was awarded to them off waivers on April 28, two days after he was cut by the Miami Dolphins. He was released on Sept. 9 and re-signed to the practice squad on Oct. 27.

Hartage made his NFL debut in 2019, when he played four games for the Dolphins.

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