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Brandon Jacobs returns to Giants

Brandon Jacobs celebrates after defeating the Atlanta Falcons.

Brandon Jacobs celebrates after defeating the Atlanta Falcons. (Jan. 8, 2012) Credit: Jim McIsaac

The Big Man is back.

Brandon Jacobs signed a one-year deal to return to the Giants Tuesday, adding experience and depth to a running back corps that was lacking both. The team's all-time leader in rushing touchdowns and the fourth all-time leading rusher in yardage was one of a group of veterans who worked out for the team Tuesday. After a successful showing, he was welcomed back to the roster for the first time since the end of the 2011 season.

"I'm ready to go," Jacobs said. "If I need to go Sunday, I can go Sunday. There's no issue. I'll be really excited."

Oh, he brings that, too. The fire and intensity that marked his seven years with the team before he signed with the 49ers last year for a forgettable campaign in which he played in only two games and was released before the start of the playoffs.

Jacobs openly pined for the Giants even when he was on the roster in San Francisco.

"This is where I wanted to be," he said. "These are the coaches I want to play for and I wanted to come back with my teammates. This is the place I love most."

When Andre Brown fractured his leg in the preseason finale and David Wilson fumbled twice in the opener against the Cowboys, the Giants realized they needed a veteran at the position. Their stable of healthy running backs -- Wilson, Da'Rel Scott and rookie Michael Cox -- had a combined five seasons of NFL experience. They were so green, the team's leading active rusher before the addition of Jacobs was Eli Manning (403). The Giants were the only team in the NFL without a player with at least 500 career rushing yards on their active roster.

Jacobs fixes that.

At 31, the Giants don't expect Jacobs to contribute much on the field. And because the Giants signed him after Week 1, his contract is not guaranteed throughout the season. When Brown comes off short-term injured reserve in November, the Giants may part ways with Jacobs.

For now, though, he will add experience and become a mentor to Wilson. "Whatever they need me to do," Jacobs said. "Whatever role they want me to play, I'll come in and do it."

Notes & quotes: Bill Parcells will be honored at halftime of Sunday's game against the Broncos and presented with his Hall of Fame ring. . . NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league saw "no basis at this time for taking action" against the Giants in regard to accusations by the Cowboys that they faked injuries to slow Dallas' hurry-up offense.

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