The New York Giants have signed veteran safety Brandon Meriweather after two rookie safeties were injured in the team’s first preseason game.
Landon Collins, who the Giants traded up to select with the first pick in the second round of this year’s draft, sprained his MCL in Friday’s preseason opener and will be out for at least a week. Mykkele Thompson, a rookie fifth-round pick, tore his Achilles tendon in the game and was placed on season-ending injured reserve.
Meriweather, 31, played the last three seasons with the Washington Redskins. Lingering knee injuries limited him to just one game in 2012 and he missed nine games in 2013 and 2014 due to a combination of injuries and suspensions. He has been disciplined on multiple occasions for illegal hits.
Meriweather recorded 36 solo tackles and three sacks last season. He forced three fumbles and recovered one.
- Dan Gartland