Giants' CB Johnson on IR

New York Giants cornerback Bruce Johnson was placed on injured reserve late Monday afternoon following arthroscopic surgery on his knee, according to ESPNNewYork.com. Johnson was thrust into a starting role early last season and he played pretty well.

This season, he'd played mostly on special teams. He's a valuable reserve who will certainly be missed. The Giants were awarded defensive end Alex Hall off waivers. I don't think you'll see him in the rotation right away, but he could provide some depth now that Mathias Kiwanuka's out for the season with a neck injury.

Earlier in the day, coach Tom Coughlin told reporters that rookie defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul will continue to see more time in the rotation. Coughlin admitted that Pierre-Paul had fallen off a bit on special teams, but he's not planning to back him off on his defensive participation.

Mike Garafolo of the Star-Ledger has the scoop on Hall, who spent time on the Philadelphia Eagles' roster prior to training camp. Hall was with the Giants in training camp, but I can't remember too much about him.