Dan Connor to IR; Giants claim Allen Bradford

Giants linebacker Dan Connor practices during team training

Giants linebacker Dan Connor practices during team training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Aug. 13, 2013) (Credit: James Escher)

Dan Connor signed a one-year contract with the Giants. It turned out to be a one-game deal.

The starting middle linebacker who left Sunday’s opener with a burner just before halftime was placed on season-ending injured reserve today. Connor also suffered a burner against the Patriots in the preseason finale.

The Giants were awarded linebacker Allen Bradford off waivers from Seattle to take Connor’s place on the 53-man roster. Mark Herzlich will take Connor’s place as the starting middle linebacker, just as he did in the second half against the Cowboys.

“It’s always a problem when you lose a player that is a first-team player, that’s a starter,” defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said before the move was announced.

Connor spoke to reporters earlier in the day in the locker room and seemed upbeat. He considered himself “day-to-day” and didn’t even rule out the possibility of playing Sunday against the Broncos.

Tom Coughlin was a bit more grim in his take when asked about Connor before the roster move.

“He’s had a couple of (burners),” Coughlin said. “Makes it very difficult. Guy’s playing linebacker.”

Not anymore. At least not for the Giants. As for whether this will be a career-ending situation, it’s unclear. Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce’s career ended in similar fashion with a neck injury that prevented him from ever playing again. Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka have also had neck issues that they recovered from.

Interestingly enough, Bradford, the newest Giant, is a converted running back. So while the Giants will likely need him at first on defense since they have only four other healthy linebackers on the roster, they can always decide to take a look at him on the other side of the ball if they continue to have fumbling issues.

Tags: Dan Connor , Allen Bradford , Giants , Mark Herzlich

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