EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Injuries continue to force the Giants to tinker with their roster as they prepare for their season finale.
The team today placed linebacker J.T. Thomas and long-snapper Danny Aiken on injured reserve. Thomas has an ankle injury. Aiken injured his thumb in practice yesterday.
The Giants now have 21 players on injured reserve, including two long-snappers.
To fill the openings on their roster, the Giants signed linebacker Nico Johnson from the practice squad and long-snapper Tyler Ott, who are eligible to make their Giants' debuts Sunday at home vs. Philadelphia.
Johnson, 6-2 and 255 pounds, was signed to the practice squad on Nov. 10. He has played in 18 regular-season games with three starts for Kansas City and Cincinnati. His career totals include 18 tackles (12 solo).
Johnson entered the NFL as the Chiefs' fourth-round draft choice, No.99 overall, in 2013 from Alabama. That season, he played in seven games with one start and had seven tackles (five solo).
Johnson was waived by Kansas City on Aug. 30, 2014 and signed two days later to the Chiefs' practice squad. On Oct. 15, 2014, he was signed to the Cincinnati Bengals' active roster. Johnson played in 11 games with two starts and had 11 tackles (seven solo) for Cincinnati. He was waived by the Bengals on Aug. 31 this year and signed to the Washington Redskins' practice squad on Sept. 25. He was released on Oct. 20, and joined the Giants three weeks later.
Ott, 6-3 and 247 pounds, is the first player in Giants history from Harvard.
He played in three preseason games last summer for the St. Louis Rams. Prior to that, Ott was twice with the New England Patriots, from May 16-Aug. 19, 2014, and March 4-May 5, 2015.
Thomas joined the Giants as a free agent on March 12. This season, he played in 12 games with 11 starts. Thomas missed the games vs. New Orleans, Tampa Bay and New England from Nov. 1-15 with an ankle injury. He finished the season with 44 tackles (28 solo) and three special teams tackles.
Aiken was signed by the Giants on Dec. 8, when Zak DeOssie, their snapper for nine seasons, was placed on injured reserve with a wrist injury. Aiken played in the last three games, a victory at Miami and losses to Carolina and Minnesota.
He previously played four seasons for New England.
*Four players on the active roster did not practice today: Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (ankle), and safeties Craig Dahl and Cooper Taylor and tackle Marshall Newhouse, all with concussions.
Wide receiver Dwayne Harris was limited with back and shoulder injuries.
*The Elias Sports Bureau has made a scoring change, awarding Robert Ayers a full sack on what was originally a split sack with Thomas in the Carolina game. The change increased Ayer's game total to 2.0 sacks, and lifts his team and career-high total this season to 8.5.
Keep an eye on these five players as the Giants face the Eagles on Sunday