- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 24, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - The New York Giants have been awarded receiver Devin Thomas on waivers from the Carolina Panthers.

A former second-round draft pick of the Washington Redskins, Thomas is the second receiver signed by the Giants this week. They signed former Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Michael Clayton on Tuesday, a day after leading receiver Hakeem Nicks had an emergency procedure to relieve pressure in his right leg.

To make room for Thomas on Wednesday, the Giants placed fullback Madison Hedgecock on injured reserve. He has been sidelined since suffering a hamstring injury against the Bears in early October.

Thomas appeared in five games with Washington and Carolina this season and did not have a catch. He returned 15 kickoffs with a 26.6-yard average.

Will Blackmon, who has returned punts and kickoffs for the Giants the past two games, did not practice on Wednesday because of a chest injury.

Thomas has 40 catches for 445 yards and three touchdowns in 35 career games.

Defensive end Justin Tuck, who had a career-best three sacks on Sunday against Philadelphia, did not practice on Wednesday because of a quad injury. He expects to play Sunday against Jacksonville.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Nicks is still expected to miss three weeks with his leg injury.

“He’s optimistic about a speedy recovery,” Coughlin said.

Tight end Jake Ballard and defensive back Woodny Turenne were signed to the Giants practice squad.

Ballard was signed to the active roster on Saturday. He played as an extra tight end in Philadelphia and was waived when the Giants signed Clayton yesterday.

Turenne replaces Brandon Hughes, who was signed to the Philadelphia Eagles’ active roster this week.

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