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Giants safety Jabrill Peppers placed on IR, ending his season

The Giants made a series of roster moves on Saturday, according to ESPN’s Jordan Raanan (via Twitter). 

The team placed safety Jabrill Peppers and linebacker Chris Peace on injured reserve. Linebacker Kareem Martin was activated from the injured reserve, and safety Sean Chandler is being promoted from the practice squad.

The Giants acquired Peppers in the Odell Beckham Jr. trade this past offseason. The former first-rounder was on pace to have his best NFL season. He has compiled 76 tackles, five passes defended, three forced fumbles and one pick-six in 11 starts. 

The 24-year-old Peppers sustained a transverse process fracture (back) during the Giants’ late November loss to the Bears, but coach Pat Shurmur had expressed optimism that Peppers would be able to finish the season. Peppers didn’t play in last weekend’s loss to the Packers.

Peppers will be replaced on the roster by Chandler, a former undrafted rookie out of Temple. The 23-year-old has spent his two professional seasons with the Giants organization and has compiled 23 tackles and one sack in 25 career games. Chandler was waived by New York in early November, and later joined the team’s practice squad.

Martin spent the first four seasons of his career with the Cardinals before landing a three-year, $21M ($7.5M guaranteed) deal with the Giants in 2018. He appeared in all 16 games (seven starts) during his first season in New York, compiling a career-high 48 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks. The 27-year-old martin sustained a knee injury in Week 1 and was placed on injured reserve. He was designated for return in late November.

Peace, an undrafted rookie out of Virginia, was claimed off waivers from the Chargers in September. The linebacker has appeared in four games for the Giants this season. He was listed on the injury report with a knee issue earlier this week.

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