Brandon Jacobs' season, and most likely his career, have come to an end.
The running back was placed on injured reserve Tuesday night because of a knee injury that had sidelined him for five of the last seven games. He said last week that the knee would need surgery in the offseason and he'll then decide whether to retire or try to come back for a 10th NFL season.
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Jacobs, 31, played for the Giants from 2005 to 2011. He was on the 49ers' roster last season and his career seemed to be finished until the Giants signed him in Week 2 with Andre Brown on temporary injured reserve. He seemed to return to form with 106 rushing yards against the Bears on Oct. 10 but injured his hamstring in the process. That hamstring injury led to knee issues.
Jacobs is the franchise leader in rushing touchdowns with 60, including four this season. His 5,087 rushing yards are fourth-most in team history.
The Giants signed linebacker Marcus Dowtin off their practice squad to replace Jacobs on the active roster. The move leaves them with three running backs: Brown and Peyton Hillis, who have seen most of the carries with Jacobs injured, and rookie Michael Cox, who has yet to take an offensive snap.
What could have been
A victory over the Seahawks on Sunday would undoubtedly be the most impressive win of the season for the Giants. Victor Cruz said it also would be the most frustrating.
"If we beat that team it would kind of make it more disappointing, because we didn't take advantage of playing like this all year long, from an entire team perspective," Cruz said. "Obviously, it would just put a smile on our face and have us know that when we play at our best, we can beat any team in the league."
The Giants were eliminated from playoff contention with their most recent loss to the Chargers. Now, with nothing tangible to play for besides the aspiration of a .500 season, they face a team that is fighting for the top seed in the NFC.
. . . . . . The Dec. 22 game against the Lions will remain a 4:05 p.m. start on FOX as originally scheduled.