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Adam Gettis returns to Giants as Geoff Schwartz goes on IR

New York Giants guard Geoff Schwartz watches during

New York Giants guard Geoff Schwartz watches during training camp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, N.J., on Friday, Aug 7, 2015. Credit: Brad Penner

When Geoff Schwartz missed time at guard during training camp to rest or rehab his surgically repaired ankle, Adam Gettis typically replaced him.

Now that Schwartz is going on injured reserve with a fracture to that same lower left leg, Gettis will replace him on a more permanent basis.

The Giants signed Gettis off the Raiders’ practice squad and placed Schwartz on season-ending IR. Gettis was on the Giants’ 53-man roster at the end of the 2014 season. He never played that season. This season, Gettis had two stints on the practice squad season after being cut prior to the start of the regular season. He last was with the Giants on Nov. 4 and had been with the Raiders since Nov. 17.

Gettis was a fifth-round pick of Washington in 2012 and played 13 games there in 2013. Last year he was on the Steelers’ practice squad before the Giants signed him to their 53-man roster for Week 16.

Gettis, 6-2 and 305 pounds, is a more natural guard – and more experienced player – than rookie Bobby Hart who stepped into the lineup on Sunday after Schwartz was injured in the first quarter. The Giants’ offensive line is in disarray with starters Weston Richburg (ankle) and Justin Pugh (concussion) uncertain to be available for Sunday’s game against the Jets.

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