Da'Rel Scott Reportedly Released by New York Giants After Brief Return
The New York Giants have reportedly released Da'Rel Scott, according to The Record's Art Stapleton. Scott was released by the Giants, but re-signed with the team briefly, as noted by Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports:
No surprise here - with David Wilson ailing, the Giants will re-sign RB Da'Rel Scott, per source.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) October 7, 2013
The Giants' revolving door at the running back position continues to spin. Though Brandon Jacobs rushed for over 100 yards and racked up two touchdowns against the Bears, the release of Scott foreshadows yet another roster move at the position in the near future.
UPDATE: Tuesday, Oct. 15
From The Record's Art Stapleton:
RB Da'Rel Scott (hamstring) has been waived/injured. #NYG— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) October 15, 2013
Presumably #NYG will sign a RB from their slumber tryout to replace Da'Rel Scott on 53 at some point tomorrow.— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) October 15, 2013
As Garafolo notes, this isn't really a shocking development.
After releasing Scott, the G-Men entered Week 5's contest against the Philadelphia Eagles with three running backs on the roster: David Wilson, 31-year-old Brandon Jacobs and seventh-round rookie Michael Cox.
Wilson, who had fumble troubles in the season opener, scored a touchdown on Sunday but was subsequently forced from the game with a neck injury. The New York Daily News' Ralph Vacchiano updated his status on Monday afternoon:
David Wilson has "some kind of a tingling". He still needs a full medical evaluation before Coughlin knows his status for Thursday.— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) October 7, 2013
The explosive back didn't practice on Monday, and his status for Thursday night's game is very murky right now. Vacchiano noted that this signing is telling of Wilson's health status:
The decision to re-sign Da'Rel Scott certainly would indicate the Giants are worried David Wilson (neck) won't be available Thursday night.— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) October 7, 2013
That leaves just Jacobs, who has averaged a meager 2.2 yards per carry and had a terrible fumble on Sunday, and Cox, an unproven rookie who hasn't been given a legitimate shot to impress.
New York clearly needs depth at the position—and soon—so Scott, who already knows the system, is the logical choice.
In the Giants' first four games of the season, he tallied 56 yards on 16 carries and caught 10 balls for another 98 yards. He also had a receiving touchdown.
With the running back position in such a precarious spot, you can expect Tom Coughlin to turn to Eli Manning and the pass offense against the playmaking Bears defense at Solider Field on Thursday night.
Still, Scott has a good chance at registering double-digit touches out of the backfield.
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