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How the Giants got to 53

With injuries to starting wide receivers Steve Smith

With injuries to starting wide receivers Steve Smith and Hakeem Nicks, replacements Michael Clayton (above) and Devin Thomas will have to step up. (Aug. 21, 2010) Photo Credit: Getty Images

We gave you the list of the 53 survivors earlier. Here for posterity's sake are the casualties of the 2011 Giants' preseason:

Two players were injured: QB Sage Rosenfels was places on injured reserve (illness) and CB Brian Jackson was waived/injured (hip).

Six veterans had their contracts terminated: WR Michael Clayton, TE Daniel Coats, G Ikechuku Ndukwe, C Chris White, DT Gabe Watson and K Rhys Lloyd.

Nineteen players were waived: LB Phillip Dillard, LB Adrian Tracy, P Matt Dodge, QB Ryan Perrilloux, RB Andre Brown, RB Charles Scott, TE Christian Hopkins, WR Darius Reynaud, T Jamon Meredith, T Jarriel King, C Jim Cordle, DE Ayanaga Okpokowuruk, DE Craig Marshall, DE Alex Hall, DE Justin Trattou, DE Dwayne Hendricks, DB Joe Burnett, DB David Sims and DB Jerrard Tarrant.

Tom Coughlin spoke about the tough decisions.

“You have to talk about the Michael Clayton’s of the world, who are consummate pros,” Coughlin said. “They work their tail off, they’re focused every day, they play hurt, they bring a huge physical presence to the game. When you have to let a guy like that go it eats away at you.

“You can say the same thing for Jamon Meredith, the same thing for Gabe Watson, although we don’t know Gabe that well. He came in here and was a very classy guy in terms of how he reacted. Darius Reynaud was very classy in talking to him about the fact that we would have to release him. Alex Hall, who really did do a pretty good job the other night, was the same way. Jim Cordle is an outstanding young guy who has been around here and everyone likes and respects. It’s very difficult.

“Some of the guys are really hurt. Some of them were shocked. This is a day when their expectations – you teach them to aim high and they pretty much all aimed high. There was some reality there, too. When you tell them that this time around, unfortunately, it’s not going to work, it’s a difficult thing. It’s part of the business. I’ve done it for a lot of years. We do things as a team here. It doesn’t get any easier. It’s not as pleasant a day as some. But it has to be done. There’s tremendous, tremendous pressure on the clubs to get the right combination of people. It’s not just positions, it’s people. It’s the right combinations of people in the right spots so you can have the kind of quality examples and leadership that you need. That’s what’s difficult about a guy like Clayton going. If I was a young guy, I’d be following him around.”

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