Giants put Andrew Thomas, CJ Board on IR

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (AP) – The New York Giants placed starting left tackle Andrew Thomas on the injured reserve with wide receiver / kick-off returner CJ Board.

The Giants took the lead on Tuesday after the two were injured in a loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.

Thomas, the fourth overall pick in 2020, has foot and ankle issues. He missed a game against Dallas the week before with a foot injury and sprained his ankle in the 38-11 loss on Sunday.

Board broke his arm during a kick-off return.

Thomas must be absent for at least three games before becoming eligible to return to the roster. The earliest he can return is the game on Monday, Nov. 22 in Tampa Bay.

The vacancies in the roster were filled with the signing of offensive tackle Korey Cunningham and wide receiver Dante Pettis from the practice squad. They were promoted from the practice squad for last weekend’s game.

Cunningham played three snaps on the right tackle on Sunday. Pettis caught five passes for 48 yards.

The Giants have signed veteran linebacker Benardrick McKinney, wide receiver Travis Toivonen and offensive lineman Derrick Kelly to the practice squad.

McKinney played 80 regular season games with 77 starts and started all six playoff games in which he played for the Houston Texans from 2015 to 2020. He has 11 1/2 sacks in the regular season.

McKinney, 28, played four games in 2020 before a shoulder injury forced him into the injured reserve. He was traded on March 17 to the Miami Dolphins and released on August 31.

Kelly had limited action with the New Orleans Saints in 2020. Toivonen was signed as an undrafted North Dakota rookie by the Seattle Seahawks on June 8 and released on August 31.

The Giants have terminated the training team’s contracts with tight end Jake Hausmann and guard Cole Banwart.

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