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Giants Place Dan Connor On Injured Reserve

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Giants MLB Dan Connor was placed on IR Thursday, making an already thin position on defense even thinner. Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images
Giants MLB Dan Connor was placed on IR Thursday, making an already thin position on defense even thinner. Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

Connor Orr of the New Jersey Star-Ledger reported today that New York Giants MLB Dan Connor would be placed on season-ending injured reserve. Connor had been suffering from a neck burner, which is when a pinched nerve causes intense pain, since the final preseason game.

Despite his injury, Connor had been studying game film preparing for this week’s game against the Broncos and considered himself day-to-day. The move itself is surprising because the Giants hadn’t given any indications that the issue had gotten worse in recent days, but burners are not typically something that you want to mess with as playing through it entails a high risk of re-injury. One possibility that explains the move is if the pain was being caused in conjunction with a slipped disk in the spinal cord, although the team has yet to report this.

Already thin at middle linebacker, the team is in dire straits now, and they will most likely enter this week with only one active player — Mark Herzlich — at the position. They did claim Allen Bradford off waivers, who can play both the running back and linebacker positions, but with limited time to prepare, it is unlikely that he’ll be ready to contribute much this week. Even when he is ready, he will most likely play mostly on the special teams unit.

This is a major blow to a Giants defense that seems to be perennially plagued by injuries.