LB & O-line help ar­rives

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The Giants signed free agent line­backer Akeem Ay­ers and of­fen­sive guard John Greco Tues­day, as well as wide­out/re­turn spe­cial­ist Kalif Ray­mond off the prac­tice squad, and placed line­backer Keenan Robin­son (quad) on in­jured re­serve.

The Giants need re­in­force­ments at both line­backer and on the of­fen­sive line with sev­eral starters in­jured, and they needed an up­grade in the re­turn game, which has pro­duced noth­ing with both spe­cial­ist Dwayne Har­ris and Odell Beck­ham Jr. out for the sea­son since Week 5.

The club waived its punt re­turner for the last sev­eral weeks, Ed Ea­gan, and also de­fen­sive end Devin Tay­lor, while re-sign­ing tight end Matt LaCosse and O-line­man Nick Bec­ton to the prac­tice squad.

The Giants are dec­i­mated at line­backer: Robin­son is now on IR. B.J. Good­son (an­kle) hasn't played since Week 7. Devon Ken­nard (quad) missed Sun­day's loss to the 49ers. And Kelvin Shep­pard, re-signed just last week, hurt his groin in the loss af­ter start­ing strong with six early tack­les. Jonathan Casil­las also just played his first game since Week 5 due to neck and other in­juries and ad­mit­ted he was “tired” in the sec­ond quar­ter.

Of­fen­sive line is a prob­lem, too. Top cen­ter We­ston Rich­burg (con­cus­sion) al­ready is on IR. And right guard D.J. Fluker (knee) and right tackle Justin Pugh (back) are both hurt, with both likely to miss at least Sun­day and def­i­nitely Pugh ex­pected to sit longer than that. Jon Hala­pio re­placed Fluker for seven snaps last Sun­day and Bobby Hart re­placed Pugh in the sec­ond half. The line this Sun­day might be, left to right, Ereck Flow­ers, John Jerry, Brett Jones, Hala­pio/Greco and Hart.

— Pat Leonard

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