Today the Giants have placed middle linebacker Antonio Pierce on injured reserve (IR) with a bulging disk in his neck.
“It’s crazy because I feel great,” Pierce said on WFAN (via the NY Daily News), before the Giants’ decision was announced. “And that’s honest. The only reason I went and got MRI done anyway is just because the trainers wanted to have something on record as far as just making sure you’re OK, because when a player gets a burner or a stinger you just want to get a check up on it. That’s where I thought we were. That’s where the Giants thought we were.
“But obviously it turned out to be something different, something that still doesn’t bother me. But when the MRI says one thing and the doctors say ‘This is what happens if you do play,’ you’ve got to listen to them.”
As Ralph Vacchiano of the NY Daily News points out, Pierce, 31, will earn $4.75 million in the final year of his contract in 2010. However, the Giants may release him and look for help in free agency.
Chase Blackburn has started while Pierce has been out for the past two games and it's likely that Jonathan Goff will see an increase in playing time.