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Giants put backup TE Johnson on injured reserve

Giants backup tight end Darcy Johnson will miss

Giants backup tight end Darcy Johnson will miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury. (2008 photo) Credit: Newsday / David L. Pokress

Darcy Johnson came to the Giants' complex Wednesday morning getting ready to focus on Sunday's game. Within a few minutes, his season was over.

The backup tight end was told he would be put on injured reserve because of a right shoulder that has bothered him since Week 5. He was inactive Monday night against the Redskins.

"I've been bothered by it a little bit, but we didn't think it was to the point where it needed to be on the injury report,'' Johnson said. "Obviously, we found out it was worse than what it was.''

Johnson said he had an MRI "a couple weeks ago" and called the injury "probably a clavicle or an AC joint. I don't know too many details about it. I'm not a doctor."

The Giants took tight end Scott Chandler off Dallas' practice squad to fill the roster spot.

Nicks optimistic, Ross not

Rookie receiver Hakeem Nicks, who was taken out of Monday's game with a hamstring injury that had been bugging him for a while, said he expects to play Sunday against the Panthers.

"It's feeling pretty good," Nicks said. "I'm going to take this week slow and get better and see how it goes toward the end of the week." He said he has not had an MRI.

Cornerback Aaron Ross was less optimistic about his hamstring that sidelined him Monday. He said an MRI showed no further damage, but that the tightness in the muscle "hasn't gone away."

Although the Giants had only a "jog-through," the injury report was extensive. LB Michael Boley (triceps), RB Ahmad Bradshaw (ankles/foot), CB Corey Webster (knee), G Rich Seubert (knee) and T Kareem McKenzie (knee) did not participate. Ross and Nicks were limited, as were K Lawrence Tynes (hamstring), LB Chase Blackburn (ribs), S C.C. Brown (hamstring), CB Kevin Dockery (ankle) and LB Jonathan Goff (hamstring/rib).

Giant steps

Carolina WR Steve Smith said he thinks the Giants' Steve Smith "might be a Pro Bowler" but that he doesn't keep track of the player who shares his name and position . . . Seubert (knee) had an MRI and is day-to-day.

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