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Giants sign LB Ashlee Palmer and DB C.J. Conway, waive/injured two


Photos of LB Ashlee Palmer's career with the Lions

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Safety Justin Currie (ankle) and linebacker Tony Johnson (knee) were waived/injured today. Both players were hurt in the Giants' 22-12 preseason victory over Jacksonville on Saturday night.

Their roster spots were filled by veteran linebacker Ashlee Palmer of Ole Miss and rookie defensive back C.J. Conway of Montclair State.

Palmer, a 6-1, 238-pound seven-year veteran, has played in 94 regular-season games with 24 starts and in two postseason games with one start. He has missed only two games in his six seasons, the first and last games of his rookie year in 2009. Palmer has played in 80 consecutive regular-season games. Palmer played his first season for the Buffalo Bills and the previous five years with the Detroit Lions.

Primarily a strongside linebacker, his career totals include 107 tackles (83 solo), 2.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and 51 special teams tackles.

In 2014, he played in all 16 games with five starts and he started Detroit's NFC Wild Card Game in Dallas. Palmer had 12 tackles (eight solo) and a career-high 1.5 sacks last season.

Photos of the Giants 2015 official roster

Palmer entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with Buffalo in 2009. He played in 14 games with two starts as a rookie. The Bills waived him on Feb. 16, 2010 and he was awarded to the Lions.

In his first year in Detroit in 2010, Palmer had a career-high 42 tackles (33 solo), including his first career sack.

Conway, 6-2 and 200 pounds, was the New Jersey Athletic Conference's Defensive Player of the Year in 2014, when he was also chosen to the American Football Coaches Association Division III Team, as well as First Team by USA Football.

Conway, a First-Team D3Football All-Region and First-Team All-NJAC honoree, led the NJAC in passes defended with 17 and was second with eight interceptions, as he also registered 51 tackles and forced two fumbles. He picked off four passes against Cortland in a 30-20 win, MSU's first in Cortland since 2003, earning him a spot on the "Team of the Week."

He ended his career with 33 pass breakups, second-best on the career list.

Currie and Johnson were rookie free agents.

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