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Giants linebacker depth remains a concern | Practice report

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The good news for the Giants is that linebackers Calvin Munson and Curtis Grant have performed well in expanded reps recently. The bad news is you likely had never head of either player before this week.

Munson, an undrafted free agent, and Grant, who has been with five teams in his first two seasons, aren’t expected to play big roles on one of the best defenses in the NFL. But the last few weeks have demonstrated that such unheralded players are only an injury or two away from being in the lineup.

Keenan Robinson returned to practice on Sunday after missing over a week with a concussion. But Robinson, who was a valuable piece in sub packages last season, left Friday’s practice with an undisclosed injury.

The Giants already are without veteran backups Mark Herzlich and J.T. Thomas. Herzlich has been sidelined the past two weeks by a stinger, while Thomas still hasn’t participated in team drill as he recovers from a torn ACL.

The starting trio of Devon Kennard, B.J. Goodson and Jonathan Casillas is solid. But if one of the starters go down, there will be some major question marks.

“There’s some moving pieces right there right now,” defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo said. “B.J. has stepped in and done some good things. Keenan’s been nicked a little bit, J.T. hadn’t been in there, we’ve got some young guys. It’s going to take a little while to figure that out. We’ve got a couple weeks to figure that out.”

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