New York Giants wide receiver Marcus Harris hurt his shoulder in the team’s 35-24 preseason victory over their stadium rival New York Jets.
Harris was signed in 2011 by the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent after accruing 2,481 receiving yards at Murray State. He was put on the practice squad, and played his 2012 season with the United Football League’s Omaha Nighthawks and the Arena Football League’s Iowa Barnstormers. He was a member of the Giants’ practice squad last season, and was said to be “catching everything” and impressing at training camp this year.
Harris injured his acromioclavicular joint, or AC joint, and is expected to miss at least 3-4 weeks. While he has performed well enough to earn himself a spot on the 53-man roster, this injury may keep him from doing so. Because fellow wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. is nursing a hamstring injury and left guard Geoff Schwartz is dealing with a dislocated toe, the Giants may not have room to carry so many incapacitated players.
The deadline to reduce the roster number to 75 is August 26th, and final cuts to the 53-man roster are due by August 30th.
This is a shame both for the Giants and Harris. While the roster bureaucracy may keep the Giants from keeping Harris, he’s been impressive enough to get a shot in the NFL. Hopefully he gets healthy enough to play for someone this year, and hopefully that team is the Giants and they find a place for him on the roster.
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