Mauro has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2018 regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Mauro, who remains eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games, could possibly have the suspension reduced if he chooses to appeal the decision. Assuming the suspension sticks, the Giants will now be approaching the 2018 season with even more concerns at defensive end, making it increasingly likely the team addresses the position via the upcoming draft.
Mauro spent the past four season in Arizona where he racked up 75 combined tackles and two sacks over the course of four seasons. It's unsure how he'll fit in with New York, but the 27-year-old has ties to new Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher.
Mauro was released by the Cardinals on Friday, Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic reports.
Mauro totaled 22 tackles (15 solo) and one sack in 13 games for the Cardinals in 2017, and battled an ankle injury at the back end of the season. The 27-year-old won't garner huge numbers as a defensive tackle but should still receive interest at least as a rotational defensive line option.
Mauro is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Seahawks, Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic reports.
Mauro has been battling a bad ankle through the latter part of the season and appeared to tweak the injury in the second half of Sunday's game. Robert Nkemdiche and Olsen Pierre could both see increased defensive snaps if Mauro is unable to return to the season finale.
Mauro sat out Sunday's 20-15 loss to the Redskins but appears on track to play Week 16 against the Giants. The 26-year-old should reclaim his role as starting defensive end, with his return coming at a good time with fellow linemen Corey Peters (ankle), Olsen Pierre (illness) and Robert Nkemdiche (wrist) all hurting.
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