EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants have been given an extension by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in cutting their roster.
The Giants were supposed to reduce their roster to 80 players Tuesday. Goodell, however, will allow the team to keep an extra five players because their preseason game against the Jets was postponed for two days by Hurricane Irene and not played until Monday night.
The Giants did place second-round draft pick Marvin Austin on injured reserve and receiver Ramses Barden and center Adam Koets on the reserve-physically unable to perform list.
Barden (ankle) and Koets (knee) are recovering from surgery and have been on the physically unable to perform list since the beginning of training camp.
Barden, drafted in the third round out of Cal Poly in 2009, had been running lately but he will now have to wait to play.
The earliest either Koets or Barden can come back is the day after the sixth regular-season weekend, which is mid-October.
Players removed from the PUP list are allowed up to 21 days of practice before a decision has to be made whether to activate, terminate, or keep them on the reserve/PUP list.
All NFL teams must cut to 53 players by Saturday for the regular season.