Both players are expected to return to the active roster at some point this season. A rule change this year stipulates teams can bring back as many players as they want from IR as long as they’re on the list for three weeks.
McKinney has a broken foot, while Mayo suffered an injury to his meniscus.
Safety Xavier McKinney and LB David Mayo have been placed on IR. We have signed TE Eric Tomlinson and DB Brandon Williams
— New York Giants (@Giants) September 6, 2020
McKinney, 21, was a two-year starter at Alabama and earned second-team All-American honors last season. The Giants selected him with No. 36 overall pick in this year’s draft.
McKinney is projected to sign a four-year, $8,391,049 rookie contract that includes a $3,662,581 signing bonus.
During his three-year career at Alabam, McKinney recorded 175 total tackles, 13 tackles for loss, six sacks, five interceptions, 15 pass defenses, one fumble recovery, six forced fumbles, and scored two defensive touchdowns.
Mayo, 26, is a former fifth-round pick of the Panthers back in 2015. He played out the final year of his four-year rookie contract with the Panthers and signed with the 49ers in free agency.
San Francisco released Mayo during final roster cuts coming out of the preseason last season and he later signed on with the Giants. He signed a three-year, $8.4 million extension this offseason.
In 2019, Mayo appeared in all 16 games for the Giants and recorded 82 tackles, two sacks, a fumble recovery and two pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 14 linebacker out of 89 qualifying players.