NFL Roster Cuts: Giants Trim Five

Tom Coughlin and the New York Giants have a lot of decisions to make to reach the 53-man roster limit. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Saturday will be "a three Advil morning." That is because by 6 p.m. ET on Saturday NFL teams have to reach the 53-man regular-season roster limit.

The Giants began that process Friday by placing linebacker Clint Sintim on injured reserve and waiving four players. The players waived were cornerback Darnell Burks, wide receiver Todd Watkins, guard Brant Clouser and defensive tackle Ibrahim Abdulai.

Sintim, a third-year pro, tore the anterior cruciate ligament and patellar tendon in his right knee in last night's 18-17 preseason-ending victory over the Patriots in New England. Sintim also tore the ACL in that same knee at the end of last season.

One of the most difficult decisions the Giants will have to make will be between incumbent punter Matt Dodge, a second-year pro, and veteran free-agent acquisition Steve Weatherford. Asked about that choice, Coughlin said he did not know which punter the team would choose. "I have not had that talk with myself yet," he said.

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