Giants Place RB Devonta Freeman On IR, Promote RB Alfred Morris


Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Giants are placing RB Devonta Freeman on injured reserve Friday. Rapoport does say that Freeman has a chance to come back after three weeks.

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The Giants also promoted RB Alfred Morris to their active roster. 

According to Matt Lombardo, Freeman is dealing with a high-ankle sprain and a hamstring injury. 

The Giants will likely move forward with Wayne Gallman and Morris at running back while Freeman is out. 

It’s worth mentioning that the NFL changed the rules regarding injured reserve for the 2020 season and players can return from the list in just three weeks.

Freeman, 28, is a former fourth-round pick of the Falcons back in 2014. He was in the final year of his four-year, $2.7 million contract when he and the Falcons agreed to a five-year, $41.25 million extension that included $22 million guaranteed.

Freeman was set to make base salaries of $6.5 million and $6.3 million over the next two years of the agreement when the Falcons released him this offseason. The Giants later signed him to a one-year deal worth up to $3 million in September. 

In 2020, Freeman has appeared in five games and rushed for 172 yards on 54 carries (3.2 YPC) to go along with seven receptions for 58 yards receiving and one touchdown.

Morris, 31, is a former sixth-round pick of the Redskins back in 2012. He played four seasons in Washington before signing a two-year, $3.5 million contract with the Cowboys in 2016 that included a $1 million base salary for the 2017 season.

Morris signed a one-year deal for the 2018 season with the 49ers and later returned to the Cowboys. From there, he had a brief stint with the Cardinals last year.

The Giants signed Morris to their practice squad a few months ago. 

In 2020, Morris has appeared in two games for the Giants and rushed for 95 yards on 17 carries (5.6 YPC) to go along with one reception for four yards and no touchdowns.

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