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Mathias Kiwanuka may have played his last game with the Giants

Giants defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka (94) during the

Giants defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka (94) during the second half of a preseason game against the Jets at MetLife Stadium on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. Credit: Lee S. Weissman

Just last week, coming off the loss to the Cowboys in which neither he nor any of the other Giants defensive linemen were able to apply pressure to Tony Romo on the winning drive, Mathias Kiwanuka spoke about playing and practicing hard. "You never know when it's going to be your last play," he said.

It might have been. At least with the Giants.

Kiwanuka, who didn't play in Jacksonville because of a knee injury, was one of five placed on season-ending injured reserve Thursday. Of that group, he's the only one who served nine years with the franchise and won a pair of Super Bowl rings. But after taking a pay cut to return this season and not providing much in the way of production -- he finished with 28 tackles and 21/2 sacks -- it's unlikely he'll be back in 2015.

The others placed on injured reserve are OL Geoff Schwartz (ankle), G Adam Snyder (knee), DE Robert Ayers Jr. (pectoral) and LB Terrell Manning (ankle).

Rolle: Not the coaches

Antrel Rolle denied he was being critical of the defensive play-calling when he said the Giants had perfect plays for stopping Jaguars QB Blake Bortles from running but did not use them. He also said, in his weekly appearance on WFAN, that Tom Coughlin is not at fault for this season's disappointments.

"People sit there and say 'Coaching, coaching coaching coaching, coaching,' " he said. "To me, that's crazy. I don't buy it . . . I know at the end of the day Coach Coughlin couldn't control the fumble in the end zone for a touchdown. Coach Fewell couldn't control the fumble that was returned for a touchdown."

Giant steps

Victor Cruz attended the announcement of co-owner Steve Tisch's $1.2-million donation to help staff New York City public school football teams with certified trainers. Cruz, who had surgery to repair a torn patellar tendon in October, was walking without crutches and said he is several weeks away from losing the brace. . . G Eric Herman, DT Dominique Hamilton and LB James Davidson were promoted from the practice squad and RB Chris Ogbonnaya was signed as a free agent to replace the new additions to the injured reserve list. The Giants can only have 52 players on their roster the next three weeks because Manning was signed last week from the Bengals' practice squad and NFL rules say he cannot be replaced on the active roster, even after going on injured reserve.

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