EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The Giants filled their need for a wide receiver today by bringing back a familiar face.
Derek Hagan, who was with the team the entire 2009 season and in training camp this summer, was signed after a tryout. To make room on the roster, the Giants placed Ramses Barden on injured reserve. Barden fractured his ankle and suffered ligament damage in the 33-20 loss to the Cowboys on Sunday.
Hagan's arrival gives the Giants a fourth healthy wide receiver, joining Hakeem Nicks, Mario Manningham and rookie Duke Calhoun. Steve Smith is sidelined with a partially torn pectoral muscle. The Giants play the Eagles Sunday night in Philadelphia. Both teams are 6-3 and tied for first place in the NFC East.
Hagan, 6-2 and 215 pounds, played in all 16 games for the Giants last season, primarily on special teams. He caught eight passes for 101 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown at Washington on Dec. 21. Hagan caught two passes at Philadelphia and at Minnesota. He also had 11 special teams tackles. Hagan was originally signed by the Giants on Dec. 16, 2008. He was released on Sept. 4.
Hagan is a five-year veteran who played two-plus seasons with the Miami Dolphins before joining the Giants.
The Giants also signed defensive tackle Dwayne Hendricks to their practice squad. Hendricks was on the Giants' practice squad for the final 10 weeks of the 2009 season. He played in all four preseason games this summer before being waived on Sept. 4.
Hendricks replaces Nate Collins, who was signed to the Jacksonville Jaguars' active roster last week.