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Thursday, September 12, 2013
Dan Connor (neck) out for season

By Ohm Youngmisuk
ESPNNewYork.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. –- The New York Giants on Thursday placed middle linebacker Dan Connor on season-ending injured reserve with a neck injury.

The Giants also were awarded linebacker Allen Bradford off waivers from the Seattle Seahawks.

Dan Connor
Dan Connor (center), in his first season with the Giants, will miss the rest of the 2013 campaign with a neck injury.

Connor suffered a burner in two consecutive games. The first burner came in the preseason finale against New England. Connor then suffered another burner to the same area against Dallas and had to leave the season opener.

"Makes it very difficult," coach Tom Coughlin said when asked about Connor's two consecutive burners earlier in the day. "Guy's playing linebacker."

Speaking to reporters earlier in the afternoon before the roster move was made, Connor was hopeful that the burner would improve soon.

"A lot of it is a waiting game," the linebacker said. "You have to wait for the muscle to start firing again, and sometimes that takes a couple of days. Sometimes a little longer. It varies burner to burner. So try to rest and take some antiinflammatories and hope for the best."

Connor said he "kind of jarred" his neck trying to make a tackle against Dallas. He said his arm went numb.

"Each (burner injury) is a different situation," he said. "You are waiting on a nerve basically."

Now Connor's season is finished after just one game for the Giants. The team signed Connor to a one-year deal in free agency to compete with Mark Herzlich for the starting middle linebacker job. Herzlich is in line to be the starter now, joining outside linebackers Keith Rivers and Spencer Paysinger.