Elerson Smith, the New York Giants’ fourth round in the 2021 NFL Draft, will make his debut against the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday. Smith, who was on IR with a hamstring injury he sustained just before training camp, was activated on Saturday.
The Giants also pull two players – linebacker Trent Harris and return specialist Pharoh Cooper – from their exhibition squad for Sunday’s game.
Smith, 6-foot-6 and 250 pounds, has not played in a game since the end of the 2019 season. The former Northern Iowa star missed the 2020 season when the Missouri Valley Conference canceled the game due to COVID-19.
Harris was removed from the practice squad for Monday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs. He played seven defensive snaps, with one tackle.
Cooper, a veteran return man who was All-Pro in 2017, was signed to the practice squad earlier in the week. The Giants have lost returners CJ Board, Jabrill Peppers and Dante Pettis to injuries this season.