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Giants sign former Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith to practice squad


The Giants signed veteran linebacker Jaylon Smith to their practice squad.

Smith, 6-2 and 235 pounds, was a second-round draft choice by Dallas in 2016, No. 34 overall. He did not play that year after tearing two ligaments in his knee playing in the Fiesta Bowl for Notre Dame against Ohio State. From 2017-21, he played in 68 regular-season games with 56 starts and started two postseason games for the Cowboys, who released him on Oct. 6. Smith was signed the next day by the Green Bay Packers, for whom he played two games before he was cut on Nov. 2.

Smith's career totals include 579 tackles (397 solo), 9.0 sacks two interceptions and six fumble recoveries.

The Giants also activated defensive tackle David Moa from the practice squad as a COVID-19 replacement. Moa played seven snaps on defense and one on special teams in his NFL debut vs. Carolina on Oct. 24, his only appearance of the season.

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