The New York Giants‘ injured reserve list has become littered with big names. Jonathan Casillas obviously does not have the kind of profile Odell Beckham Jr. or Janoris Jenkins do, but add the veteran linebacker to the list players shut down because of injuries.
Casillas will go on IR, the Giants announced on Wednesday, and he will join a host of New York starters on that list. The Giants are promoting wide receiver Darius Powe from their practice squad to take Casillas’ roster spot.
Wrist and neck injuries will induce the IR trip. Casillas missed the Giants’ Week 13 game against the Oakland Raiders and two other games earlier in the season. He started all eight games at one of the Giants’ outside linebacker spots.
A third-year Giant, Casillas is a team captain. He’s been a full-time starter for the past two seasons. He will become the 16th player on Big Blue’s injured reserve. Brandon Marshall, Justin Pugh, Weston Richburg and D.J. Fluker are also on that list.
Casillas’ time with the Giants might be running out as well. He’s in the final season of a three-year contract. With the Giants looking readier to embrace a rebuild than they were a few months ago, another contract for the 30-year-old Casillas may not fit. While he’s making $2.725 million in base salary this season, the Giants could bring in a draft choice that would earn a fraction of that.
A former Saint, Buccaneer and Patriot, Casillas made 93 tackles in 2016 and 34 this season.
Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com notes Powe — a 2016 Giants undrafted free agent addition out of Cal — could see playing time immediately due to the injuries that have piled up for the team at wideout.