If anybody wants to take a chance on a safety who has never played in the NFL and might never play in the NFL, now is their chance. The Giants have waived safety Chad Jones, the rookie who was involved in the accident in New Orleans last month and suffered a leg injury that almost certainly has ended his career.
Heartless by the Giants? Nah. Just book-keeping. In order to use his roster spot, the Giants had to waive him. Then, after he clears waivers (assuming he does because what team would claim him now?), he will be placed on the team’s reserve/non-football injury list where he’ll stay for the rest of the year.
Incidentally, the Giants made a similar move a few weeks ago with Domenik Hixon who also suffered a pre-season season-ending injury (although his happened on the field at the New Meadowlands and not in a car wreck). He had to be waived and once he cleared he was put on the team’s injured reserve list.
Taking Jones’ place on the 80-man roster is DE Alex Hall, who was awarded to the Giants off waivers from the Eagles. He hasn’t really played all that much in his NFL career since being drafted in the 7th round by the Browns in 2008. But he’ll be a veteran body in training camp … one that can actually be on the field unlike Chad Jones or Domenik Hixon.