NEW YORK — This is probably why Joe Judge asked Jabrill Peppers to break the Giants down after Sunday’s win over the Panthers:
Peppers ruptured the ACL in his right knee and is done for the season, the team announced Tuesday.
The club signed safety J.R. Reed off the Los Angeles Rams’ practice squad in response.
Reed, 25, like a lot of the Giants’ defensive players, played his college ball at Georgia. So former Bulldogs coaches on the Giants’ staff such as linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer know Reed well.
Reed has played in one game this season and eight in his NFL career.
This is a brutal blow for Peppers, 26, in a contract year.
The defensive captain hurt his knee on a third-quarter punt return in the Giants’ 25-3 home win over Carolina. The team said Peppers also sustained a high ankle sprain.
The East Orange, N.J., native had seen his playing time cut significantly this season. He’d played only 56% of the Giants’ defensive snaps in the six games he’d played.
He had missed one game, the Week 5 loss at Dallas with a hamstring injury, two weeks prior to the season-ending injury.
Peppers was acquired in the March 2019 Odell Beckham Jr. trade with the Cleveland Browns that sent Peppers and two draft picks back to the Giants.
The picks became Dexter Lawrence and Oshane Ximines on a defensive line that doesn’t consistently rush the passer.
Peppers has been a liability in pass coverage but has been one of the team’s defensive leaders, including last season, when Pat Graham’s unit kept the team’s heads above water.
The Giants might have been able to trade Peppers prior to next Tuesday’s NFL trade deadline for a draft pick, but now that’s off the table.
Elsewhere on the roster, the Giants cut safety Josh Jackson and wide receiver David Sills. They acquired Jackson from the Packers in August for corner Isaac Yiadom. Jackson hasn’t played in a game.
Sills was called up for Sunday’s game against the Panthers and had a bad drop on a slant pattern even though Daniel Jones hit him right in the hands.
The team also cut defensive tackle Woodrow Hamilton from the practice squad.
The Giants (2-5) are headed to Kansas City for Monday Night Football to take on the Chiefs (3-4).
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