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N.Y. Giants Sign Brandon Sanders

October 27, 1999

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) _ The New York Giants signed safety Brandon Sanders to the team’s active roster and placed running back Gary Brown on injured reserve Tuesday.

The Giants also signed Tre Thomas to the practice squad and waived James Kidd.

The 5-foot-8-inch, 185-pound Sanders spent the 1997 and 1998 seasons with the Giants before being drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the 1999 expansion draft.

Sanders was released by the Browns after training camp and was re-signed by the Giants before being waived for an additional cornerback. In two years with the Giants, Sanders recorded four solo tackles and 19 special teams tackles.

Brown, a 1000-yard rusher in 1998, played in three games this season, rushing for 177 yards. He underwent arthroscopic surgery last week to repair extensive cartilage damage in his knee and will be on crutches for six weeks.

To make room for Thomas on the practice squad, the Giants waived Kidd, who was signed as a rookie free agent out of Colorado before training camp in July.

Thomas spent training camp with the Giants and finished the preseason with nine tackles, six solo.

He originally was signed as a rookie free agent by Detroit in 1997, then was waived five months later. He was signed by Jacksonville on Dec. 24, 1997, then waived on Aug. 26, 1998.

Thomas, who played at Texas, signed as a free agent with the Berlin Thunder of NFL Europe in May and started six games at both safety positions, finishing the season with 23 total tackles, four passes defensed and three special teams tackles.

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