In a somewhat surprising move, Michael Eisen of Giants.com announced that the New York Football Giants have placed starting middle linebacker Dan Connor on the injured reserve list, thus ending his 2013 campaign after only one game. This move coincided with the team being awarded linebacker Allen Bradford, who was waived yesterday by the Seattle Seahawks.
Connor, in his seventh year out of Penn State University, had won the middle linebacker position after a training camp battle with Mark Herzlich. With Connor gone for the season, Herzlich slides into a starting position with Bradford coming in initially as a backup.
The G-men were thin at linebacker prior to the Connor injury, as the team only kept five on the roster after waiving Kyle Bosworth at the final cutdown. Bosworth, who played well in pre-season, was quickly scooped up by the Dallas Cowboys.
In addition, Aaron Curry, another training camp cut by the Giants, announced his retirement from football in August.
Bradford, who played for Seattle Seahawks' coach Pete Carroll at Southern California, was a college running back and drafted in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but did not make the team. The Seahawks signed him to their practice squad, where he was converted to linebacker.