- Dan Graziano, ESPN Staff Writer
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NFL teams must reduce their rosters from the training camp size of 90 down to 75 by 4 p.m. ET today, so some folks are getting cut and some are being placed on injury lists. As part of their first round of cuts, the New York Giants announced that defensive tackle Chris Canty and tight end Travis Beckum will open the season on the reserve/physically unable to perform list. The rules require players on that list to sit out at least the first six regular-season games, which means the soonest Canty could return would be Week 7 against Washington.
But the situation with Canty, who had knee surgery in the offseason and has not taken part in training camp practices or preseason games at all, is obviously more dire than the Giants initially indicated. By placing him on PUP, the Giants are obviously leaving open the possibility that he plays this year. But the situation with his knee and the fact that he won't be eligible until Week 7 obviously raises the possibility that he will have to miss the entire season.
Canty was an important player to the Super Bowl-winning Giants last season and they would suffer for his absence. Starting defensive tackles Linval Joseph and Rocky Bernard have played well this preseason, but that's a position at which quality depth is important. They'd been hoping veteran Shaun Rogers and second-year man Marvin Austin would help, but each of them has a severe injury and can't be counted on any time soon, if at all this season. Recent signee Marcus Thomas, rookie Markus Kuhn and Dwayne Hendricks are among those being counted on as part of the rotation at defensive tackle at this point.
Beckum's no surprise, as he was one of two Giants tight ends who tore his ACL in the Super Bowl and it would be a surprise if he played this year.
To get their roster to 75, the Giants also cut veteran cornerback Antwaun Molden and waived tight ends Ryan Purvis and Christian Hopkins, defensive tackles Carlton Powell and Oren Wilson, defensive backs Chris Horton, Brandon Bing and JoJo Nicolas, wide receivers Julian Talley and Brandon Collins, fullback Joe Martinek and tackle Joel Reinders.