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Giants reach NFL's roster limit of 80 players

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Two players were waived/injured, two were placed on injured reserve and one had his contract terminated as the Giants today reached the NFL's roster limit of 80 players.

Defensive back Montre Hartage (shoulder) and Cole Hikutini (hip) were waived.

Tight end Rysen John (ankle) and Quincy Wilson (ankle) increased to six the number of Giants to go on I.R. since the start of training camp.

Long-snapper Carson Tinker's contract was terminated.

View photos of the New York Giants' active 53-man roster as it currently stands heading into Week 1.

Hartage was awarded to the Giants off waivers on April 28, 2020. Hartage was waived by the Giants on Sept. 10, signed to the practice squad on Oct. 27 and activated three times before his release on Dec. 1. He was re-signed to the practice squad two days later and to the active roster on Dec. 11. Hartage played in two games vs. Philadelphia on Nov. 15 and vs. Arizona on Dec. 13.

Hikutini, who played four games for the 2017 San Francisco 49ers, joined the Giants on March 31. He injured his hip in the preseason opener against the Jets and aggravated the injury during the Giants' first joint practice with the Browns last Thursday.

John and David Sills each have a team-high six receptions after two preseason games. Against the Browns, John led all receivers with 58 yards and was one of four Giants with a team-high three catches, including a game-long 29-yarder. But he was injured on an incomplete pass to Gary Brightwell and left the field with just 14 seconds remaining.

Last year, John was waived/injured after injuring his hamstring in the preseason. He was signed to the practice squad on Oct. 27 and remained there for the remainder of the season.

With Kyle Rudolph (foot) still on the physically unable to perform/active list, the loss of John and Hikutini leaves the Giants with four healthy tight ends: Evan Engram, Kaden Smith, first-year pro Nakia Griffin-Stewart and rookie Jake Hausmann.

Wilson intercepted a Case Keenum pass in the end zone on Sunday, but later hurt his ankle. A fifth-year pro who has played in 32 career games, he signed with the Giants on Jan. 4.

Tinker spent the entire 2020 season on the Giants' practice squad. He signed a reserve/futures contract with the team on Jan. 4.

With Tinker's departure, Casey Kreiter will snap for punts and placekicks for the second year in a row.

The Giants tomorrow begin two days of joint practices with the New England Patriots, who they will host Sunday night in the preseason finale. All NFL teams must reduce their rosters to the regular-season limit of 53 players by 4 p.m. next Tuesday.

The team travels New England for joint practices with the Patriots ahead of their preseason matchup.

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