Rouse lands in the Big Apple

Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert

For all you Aaron Rouse fans out there: He’s been claimed on waivers by the safety-needy New York Giants, according to agent Alvin Keels.

The Giants placed starter Kenny Phillips on injured reserve Thursday and likely will slide Rouse into the top backup role at both safety positions. Green Bay released Rouse this week in a surprising shakeup in its secondary. He was subject to waivers because he is a third-year player.

Interestingly, neither of the veteran safeties the Packers have released this season -- Rouse and Anthony Smith -- were able to clear waivers. Both were valuable to someone.