EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Jabrill Peppers' season has officially ended.
The Giants' strong safety today was placed on injured reserve – along with linebacker Chris Peace – because of the back injury he suffered in Chicago on Nov. 24.
The two openings on the roster were filled by safety Sean Chandler (signed off the practice squad) and linebacker Kareem Martin (activated off injured reserve).
Peppers started each of the Giants' first 11 games. At the time he was injured, Peppers led the team with 76 tackles (51 solo). He also had five passes defensed, three forced fumbles and an interception he returned 32 yards for his first career touchdown in a victory against Washington on Sept. 29. Peppers also returned four punts for 49 yards, including a 40-yard runback vs. the Bears.
Peppers suffered a transverse process fracture on the final play of the first half in Chicago, on his only kickoff return of the season, a 23-yarder.
Rookie fourth-round draft choice Julian Love started in his place last week against Green Bay and had seven tackles (four solo) and a forced fumble.
Peace played in five games after he was acquired off waivers on Sept. 30, two days after the Los Angeles Chargers released him. He was inactive for four games. Peace has been unable to practice this week because of a knee injury.
Chandler, 6-1 and 202 pounds, played in the season's first nine games before he was waived on Nov. 5. He was signed to the practice squad the following day. Chandler had four tackles (one solo) on defense and one unassisted stop on special teams.
In 2018, Chandler played in all 16 games after earning a roster spot as an undrafted rookie from Temple. He had 16 tackles (14 solo), one sack and one fumble recovery.
Martin, an outside linebacker, hurt his knee in the season opener in Dallas and was placed on injured reserve on Sept. 11. In his first season with the team in 2018, Martin played in all 16 games with seven starts and had 48 tackles (22 solo) and 1.5 sacks.
Daniel Jones officially ruled out
*The Giants today made it official: Eli Manning will start at quarterback on Monday night.
Rookie Daniel Jones, who started the previous 10 games, was officially declared out of the game because of the high ankle sprain he suffered last week vs. the Packers.
Veteran Alex Tanney will be the Giants' No. 2 quarterback in Philadelphia.
Coach Pat Shurmur said Jones is "getting better," but not enough to allow him to suit up Monday night.
"He feels a little bit caged up, quite frankly," Shurmur said. "He's frustrated that he can't. But that's the way it goes. We all know players get injured at times, and they have to fight their way back. The one thing I like about his demeanor is he's frustrated, wants to play and doing everything in his power. We get here very similar time, in the 5 o'clock hour, and he's getting treatment. He's doing everything he can to get ready to play, and that's a good thing when you see a guy want it so badly."
Might Jones be able to play next week at home against Miami?
"We'll have to see," Shurmur said. "He didn't practice this week, and we'll just have to see when we come back to practice next Wednesday how much he can do. Then we'll take it from there."
*Jones will be joined on the game inactive list by tight ends Evan Engram (foot) and Rhett Ellison (concussion) and cornerback Corey Ballentine (concussion).
Engram will miss his fourth consecutive game and Ellison his third. Rookie Kaden Smith, who had team-high totals with six catches for 70 yards last week, and Scott Simonson will again be the tight ends.
Engram practiced this week but isn't ready to play in a game.
"I was really excited about this week," he said. "I felt really good at the beginning of the week, felt really good in my rehab prior to the week. As the week went by, I just wasn't ready. I made some progress but I'm not ready. … No setbacks, like I said just not ready. I couldn't really do what I do and not ready."
Tate cleared from concussion protocol
*Wide receiver Golden Tate was cleared to play and removed from the NFL concussion protocol. He was hurt in Chicago and did not play last week against Green Bay.
Though Tate is back, Engram's absence means the Giants will be without at least one of their top four offensive weapons – Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Tate and Engram – as they have every game this season.
"It's tough to think about the 'What ifs,' but at the same time, that's the nature of this game that we play - very physical contact sport and injuries are always going to be a part of it," Tate said. "It's unfortunate that we haven't had all of our players on the field at the same time, but it is what it is. We've got to still go out there and be effective, competitive, and execute. But, regardless of who we have or who we don't have, I think it's always going to come down to just playing fundamental football."
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