Giants place TE Johnson on IR

December, 23, 2009
12/23/09
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The New York Giants have placed tight end Darcy Johnson on injured reserve and he will miss the rest of the season. Johnson's name hasn't shown up in the injury report this season, so the move comes as a surprise. He told reporters that he suffered a shoulder injury in Week 4 and then reaggravated it on Thanksgiving. But Johnson continued to play until he was inactive for Sunday's game against the Redskins.

Coach Tom Coughlin said that his decision Sunday was based on the feeling that reserve tight end Bear Pascoe could be used as a blocker, which isn't one of Johnson's strengths. Of course, teams have been known to play fast and loose with injury reports in the past.

And it's not like Johnson's quotes suggested that he needed to be shut down for the season. Now, the Giants have been able to sign tight end Scott Chandler off the Cowboys' practice squad. Chandler, a former fourth-round draft pick by the Chargers, was a standout at Iowa and he's probably a better blocker than Johnson.

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