Other unfortunate injury news found its way to Metlife Stadium today as the New York Giants placed rookie linebacker, Tae Crowder, on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. He is expected to be out for three weeks at a minimum.
The Giants selected Crowder as the “Mr. Irrelevant” pick, which was the last pick in April’s draft.
Crowder, so far this season, appeared in five games and started two. Crowder recorded 18 tackles, one pressure, and one quarterback hit. In coverage, he allowed seven receptions on ten targets (70% percent completion) for 53 yards with an 82.5 passer rating.
Many touted Crowder as a standout in the Giants’ Week 6 game against the Washington Football Team. Simply because he recovered a fumble and returned it for a 43-yard touchdown. The strip-sack caused by defensive end Kyler Fackrell.
Tae Crowder will join linebackers Oshane Ximines and Lorenzo Carter, wide receivers Cody Core and David Sills, running back Saquon Barkley, and defensive backs Brandon Williams, JaQuarius Landrews, and Xavier McKinney on injured reserve.
In a corresponding move, Big Blue signed veteran defensive end Jabaal Sheard off of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ practice squad. Sheard is 31 years old and has been in the league since 2011. The Cleveland Browns selected Sheard in the 2nd round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
Sheard, in his ten-year career, has totaled 387 tackles, 51.5 sacks, 13 forced fumbles, 71 tackles for a loss, and 3 fumble recoveries. Sheard spent time in New England, from 2015-2016, with defensive coordinator Patrick Graham and head coach Joe Judge, when both were assistants on Bill Belichick’s staff.