The Giants lost one running back to injury this week. They brought two in to replace him.
With Andre Brown sidelined for the rest of the season with a broken fibula, the Giants announced the signing of Ryan Torain and Kregg Lumpkin Tuesday night. To make room for the new players on the roster, the Giants placed Brown on injured reserve with a designation to return and waived offensive lineman Selvish Capers, who had been promoted from the practice squad last week.
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The Giants had already put running back Da'Rel Scott on injured reserve earlier this season and, with Brown out, had just Ahmad Bradshaw and rookie David Wilson as healthy options. "That would be about as thin as you could make it," Tom Coughlin said Monday.
Torain is the more accomplished of the two. In 10 games with the Redskins in 2010, he ran for 742 yards and four touchdowns while catching another two touchdowns.
Lumpkin had 33 carries for 124 yards and 45 receptions for 325 yards in parts of two seasons with the Bucs.
The practice squad contract of running back Joe Martinek was terminated. If Capers clears waivers, he'll likely rejoin the team on the practice squad.
S Kenny Phillips said on ESPN Radio that he would be "good" to play Monday night against the Redskins. Phillips aggravated a right knee injury in the Packers game . . . WR Victor Cruz said having Hakeem Nicks returning to form will help the passing game. "Hakeem is playing really well, so they can't just key-in on me," Cruz said on WFAN. "Hakeem is going to start making teams pay for leaving him in single coverage." . . . DE Osi Umenyiora said the key to facing the Redskins will be taking away one of Robert Griffin III's attributes. "We have to make him a one-dimensional player," Umenyiora said on ESPN Radio.