Giants add Allen Bradford, place Dan Connor on IR

9/12/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

Earlier this week, Dan Connor seemed optimistic about his recovery from a recent neck burner week and described himself day-to-day, with the possibility to return for Week 2 action. But Connor’s status took a turn for the worse as the New York Giants placed the starting middle linebacker on the season-ending injured reserve Thursday. With Giants already thin at linebacker prior to Connor’ injury, the team added another healthy body to the mix by claiming Allen Bradford off waivers from the Seattle Seahawks the very same day.
The latest injury was the second neck burner for Connor in two weeks. Connor initially suffered a neck burner in the Giants preseason finale against the New England Patriots. He suffered the second neck burner – that ended his 2013 season – during Sunday’s opening loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Connor was one of the many Giants players who suffered injuries in the 36-31 loss at Dallas.
Following the game, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones accused the Giants of faking injuries to slow Dallas' no-huddle offense. However, Cullen Jenkins and Ryan Mundy were the only Giants players who returned to the field after initially sustaining injuries in the game. Prince Amukamara also suffered a concussion and remains questionable for Week 2 against the Denver Broncos.
Mark Herzlich will now take over as the Giants’ middle linebacker when the host the Broncos on Sunday. He also filled in for Connor after the second-quarter neck burner during last week’s loss to the Cowboys.
It is a sad turn of events for the sixth-year veteran Dan Connor who, after joining the Giants as a free agent this offseason and competing with Herzlich for the middle linebacker spot in training camp, is going to lose the starting job – that was already his – due to a season-ending injury.
“It’s always a problem when you lose a player that is a first-team player, that’s a starter,” Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said before the move was announced on Thursday.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin also didn’t have any positive updates on Connor’s recovery earlier in the day.
“He’s had a couple of (burners),” Coughlin said before the roster move. “Makes it very difficult. Guy’s playing linebacker.”
With Bradford’s addition, the Giants are back up to five linebackers, after they waived Kyle Bosworth in the final cutdowns this August.
The 25-year-old Bradford is a former USC standout running back, who played only one game as a rookie before being dropped by the Tamp Bay Buccaneers, after they initially selected him in the sixth-round of the 2011 draft. He ran 13 yards on five carries for the Buccaneers. Bradford then moved on to the Seahawks, who signed him to practice squad, where he was converted to linebacker. But after just two games for the Seahawks, Bradford was cut to make roster room for tight end Kellen Davis on Wednesday.
Bradford had 21 tackles, one pass defended, a special teas tackle and a fumble recovery in the preseason for the Seahawks, prior to his release.
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