Stevie Brown's homecoming with the Giants lasted one week before the Giants brought back another of their former safeties to take his place.

Craig Dahl, who played sparingly for the 2007 Giants, was signed to the 53-man roster after being cut by the 49ers during the weekend. Brown was released to make room.

Dahl also has experience under current Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, who was Dahl's head coach in St. Louis from 2009-11. When he came out to the practice field wearing a number 25 jersey that didn't even have his name on the back, Dahl gave Spagnuolo a big hug. He also warmly greeted safeties coach Dave Merritt, who was his position coach in 2007.

The move means the likely starting safeties against the Cowboys on Sunday will have a combined zero starts in the NFL between them. Rookie Landon Collins and third-year player Cooper Taylor figure to be in the back of the defense, making sure Dez Bryant doesn't get behind them. The only other safety on the roster is Brandon Meriweather.

The Giants have been shuffling the position and trying to find the best combinations since the offseason, when they let Antrel Rolle walk in free agency. They lost Nat Berhe (calf) and Bennett Jackson (knee), two players who were expected to compete for a starting job, to preseason injuries.

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"Let's hope it's less than six days," Josh Brown said.

That's how long he has to get used to his new one. The Giants cut Steve Weatherford over the weekend and traded for Brad Wing, a second-year player who will be the team's punter as well as the holder on field goals and the greater-degree-of-difficulty extra points this season.

"In general, it's catch the ball and set it down," said Brown, the team's veteran kicker. They did just that Monday, their first time working together. They attempted eight field goals in practice and made them all.

"We had a good first-day rhythm," Brown said. "We had no hiccups and no red flags."

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The Giants signed Stony Brook University product Will Tye to their practice squad. Tye, a tight end, was cut last week . . . Tom Coughlin would not disclose whom he expects to start at right guard -- John Jerry and Geoff Schwartz are the candidates -- nor did he say who will start at safety . . . Defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins did not practice . . . Defensive tackle Louis Nix and cornerback Asa Jackson, both claimed off waivers on Sunday, did not arrive at the Giants' facility in time for practice.