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Giants sign Craig Dahl, release Stevie Brown

Giants strong safety Stevie Brown intercepts a pass

Giants strong safety Stevie Brown intercepts a pass from Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo during the first half. (Oct. 28, 2012) Credit: AP

Stevie Brown's homecoming with the Giants lasted one week before the Giants brought back another of their former safeties to take his place.

Craig Dahl, who played sparingly for the 2007 Giants, was signed to the 53-man roster after he was cut by the San Francisco 49ers this weekend and Brown was released to make room.

Dahl also has experience under Steve Spagnuolo, the current Giants defensive coordintator who was Dahl's head coach in St. Louis from 2009-11. When he came out to the practice field on Monday wearing a number 25 jersey that didn't even have his name on the back, Dahl gave Spags a big hug. He also warmly greeted safeties coach Dave Merritt, who was his position coach in 2007.

The move means that the likely starting safeties against the Cowboys on Sunday will have a combined zero starts in the NFL between them. Rookie Landon Collins and third-year player Cooper Taylor figure to be in the back of the defense, making sure Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant doesn't get behind them. The only other safety on the roster is Brandon Meriweather.

The Giants have been shuffling the position trying to find the best combinations since the offseason when they let veteran Antrel Rolle walk in free agency. They lost Nat Berhe (calf) and Bennett Jackson (knee), two players who were expected to compete for a starting job, to preseason injuries.

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