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Giants place LB Kiwanuka on injured reserve, sign Pass


Nov 20, 2007 EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -New York Giants linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, two days after he broke his left leg against Detroit.


To fill Kiwanuka's roster spot, the Giants signed running back Patrick Pass, a member of three Super Bowl championship teams with the New England Patriots.


Kiwanuka, the team's top draft pick in 2006, was injured on the second play of Sunday's game when teammate Osi Umenyiora fell on him while they were pursuing running back Kevin Jones.


Reggie Torbor replaced Kiwanuka in the Giants' 16-10 win.


The 5-foot-11, 238-pound Pass played in 78 regular-season games with 11 starts for New England. He played in all nine postseason games for the Patriots in 2001, 2003 and 2004 and started at fullback in one Super Bowl.


In 2006, Pass played in three games before going on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. He was in training camp with the Houston Texans this summer, but was released on Aug. 28.


sounds like BJ and D Ward may be hurt pretty good. or else why would we sign Pass?

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Another full back is just what we need, huh? I can't believe we didn't have a scooter handy on IR, someone who could take over in case we lose a couple of them.



he plays both full back and half back



Giants sign ex-Pat Patrick Pass




Wednesday, November 21st 2007, 4:00 AM


Worried about the health of two of their four running backs, the Giants added a fifth one yesterday when they signed ex-Patriots running back Patrick Pass.


The 5-11, 238-pound Pass, who earned three Super Bowl rings during seven seasons in New England, joined the Giants yesterday when the team placed LB Mathias Kiwanuka on season-ending injured reserve. Kiwanuka underwent surgery on Monday to repair a fractured fibula in his broken left leg.


The plans for Pass, who also plays fullback, aren't clear, but his addition was obviously spurred by the injuries to running backs Brandon Jacobs (hamstring) and Derrick Ward (ankle/groin). Ward hasn't played since Oct. 21, and Jacobs injured his hamstring on Sunday in Detroit.


Jacobs said his injury was "no big deal," but he underwent a battery of tests on Monday and is not expected to practice today.


Pass, 29, who was cut by the Texans in August, rushed for 526 yards on 128 carries and caught 66 passes for 570 yards during his time in New England. He also averaged 20.7 yards on 36 kickoff returns and totaled 49 special teams tackles.


TUCKED AWAY: DE Justin Tuck has seven sacks, which is tied for 14th in the NFL. It's tempting to say he's on the verge of a Pro Bowl-caliber season - if only he were on the Pro Bowl ballot.


That's because the ballot is based on a team's regular starting lineup as of the fourth game of the season. And with Michael Strahan and Osi Umenyiora ahead of him on the depth chart, there was no room for the 24-year-old Tuck.


Not that it matters to Tuck. "Not really," he said. "My time will come."


according to a team spokesman. ... John Hufnagel, the unpopular former Giants offensive coordinator, is expected to be named the new coach and GM of the CFL's Calgary Stampeders next week. ... The Redskins signed WR Anthony Mix off the Giants' practice squad. The Giants replaced him by re-signing WR Todd Lowber.

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