The Giants released linebacker Greg Jones and running back DJ Ware on Friday, according to multiple reports. Safety Tyler Sash, who had his appeal of a four-game suspension denied Monday, was expected to be placed on the Reserve/Suspended list, where he would not count against the 53-man opening day roster. Jones started the 2011 regular-season opener at middle linebacker but the Giants improved their depth in the offseason, notably with the acquisition of former first-round pick Keith Rivers from the Bengals. The final preseason depth chart listed Chase Blackburn as the No. 1 middle linebacker ahead of 2011 undrafted free agent Mark Herzlich. Ware, behind Ahmad Bradshaw and first-round rookie David Wilson at running back, was let go with Da'Rel Scott emerging as a candidate for playing time. Defensive tackle Marcus Thomas, defensive end Matt Brouha, wide receiver Dan DePalma, wide receiver Isaiah Stanback, tight end Larry Donnell, offensive tackle Matt McCants and linebacker Jake Muasau were among the players also expected to be released Friday.
- Greg Jones
- middle linebacker