According to Jordan Raanan, ESPN NFL Nation reporter for the New York Giants, running back Jonathan Stewart has been placed on injured reserve with a foot injury. As a subsequent move, the team will call up speedy wide receiver Jawill Davis from the practice squad to join the 53-man roster.

The 31-year-old Stewart signed a two-year deal with the Giants in the offseason after spending the first 10 years of his career with the Carolina Panthers. He was cut by Carolina after a decade with the team this past February. This injury could possibly put an end to what was a very successful career but a very brief one with New York.

Received little action in first three games

After the team drafted Saquon Barkley with the second overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, it became very clear that Stewart would not have a huge role in the offense.

That became even more evident once the regular season began, as Stewart received only two carries in each of the Giants’ first three games. He totaled 17 yards on those six carries and did not receive a single target in the passing game.

Many questioned the signing of Stewart, as he clearly had begun to see his skills erode in recent seasons, and is now on the wrong side of 30. He averaged a career-low 3.4 yards per carry on 198 rushing attempts with Carolina in 2017.

Stewart was successful for much of his career with the Panthers, though, and he is the team’s all-time leading rusher with 7,318 yards.

He ranks second in team history (behind Cam Newton) with 51 rushing touchdowns. He was named to the Pro Bowl in the 2015 season and ran for over 1,000 yards in 2009.

With the loss of Stewart, the Giants now have three running backs on the 53-man roster in Saquon Barkley, Wayne Gallman, and Elijhaa Penny, who was added to the team recently.

About Jawill Davis

Wide receiver Jawill Davis went undrafted out of Bethune-Cookman in 2018. As a senior in 2017, he totaled 36 receptions for 475 yards and three touchdowns. Altogether at college, he finished with 106 catches for 1,692 yards and 10 touchdowns. Adding a wide receiver to the roster was deemed necessary as according to the Giants’ website, Cody Latimer has been ruled out for Sunday’s game (September 30) against the New Orleans Saints.

Davis is the second undrafted rookie called up from the practice squad this week by the team. Tight end Garrett Dickerson was also added to the 53-man roster with Evan Engram suffering an injury that is expected to keep him out a few weeks.