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J.T. Thomas Placed On Season Ending IR, Josh Brown Returns To Giants

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New York Giants linebacker J.T. Thomas III will miss the rest of the 2016 season.

Thomas injured his knee on a kickoff return to end the first half of the Giants’ 20-19 victory over the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. He was carted off the field during halftime and did not return to the game.

Tests revealed that Thomas has torn ligaments in his knee. He was placed on injured reserve (IR).

Thomas spent most of the preseason on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list due to a lingering hamstring injury. He took a pay cut to remain with the Giants and was added to the 53-man roster after passing a team physical.


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Because of the emergence of Jonathan Casillas and the free agent acquisition of Keenan Robinson, Thomas was relegated to playing on special teams.

With Thomas on IR, the Giants have just six active linebackers. Kelvin Sheppard started in the middle but wasn’t very effective against the Cowboys. He had just two tackles in 59 snaps. Rookie B.J. Goodson was inactive.

The Giants could choose to elevate Ishaq Williams from the practice squad. Head coach Ben McAdoo hasn’t ruled out the possibility of bringing back Jasper Brinkley, who was cut last week and remains unsigned. The team guaranteed him $1.7 million in the offseason.

Kicker Josh Brown also returned to the team on Monday. He served a one-game suspension because of an arrest on charges of domestic violence that occurred last year. The charges against Brown were later dropped. The Giants said that they knew of the situation when they signed him to a two-year, $4 million contract in April.

McAdoo said that Brown will be the starting kicker for the Giants’ home opener against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

“Josh will be the kicker this week,” McAdoo said.

The Giants also have kicker Randy Bullock on the roster. Bullock’s tenure with the Giants is in serious jeopardy. He missed on an extra point attempt and didn’t attempt a field goal against the Cowboys. Brown connected on 30 of 32 field goals and 44 of 45 extra point attempts, earning his first Pro Bowl selection in 2015.

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