The New York Giants announced Thursday that running back Brandon Jacobs and cornerback Aaron Ross have been placed on injured reserve. We already knew Jacobs would miss the final game against the Vikings because of a knee injury, and Ross had missed the past two games with a hamstring injury.
Jacobs never looked like himself this season while rushing for a team-high 835 yards. For Ross, this was pretty much a lost season. He missed the first nine games because of the hamstring injury and he returned as a safety. He'll spend the offseason trying to strengthen his legs and try to return to his starting cornerback spot in 2010. Of course, Terrell Thomas won't be in a rush to give that spot back to Ross.
The Giants replaced Jacobs and Ross on the 53-man roster with practice-squad members Rhett Bomar and Sha'Reff Rashad. Bomar was a fifth-round draft pick out of Sam Houston and Rashad is a free-agent rookie from Central Florida. Jacobs will undergo a scope on his knee next week. The Giants don't expect it to be a serious setback for the powerful running back who played in the first 15 games of the season.