The organization decided Hill was out of chances after three strikes against the NFL's drug policy.
As we pointed out in Monday's edition of the Around The League Podcast, the Giants opened the 2013 season 0-4 while surrendering a whopping 36.5 points per game with Hill under suspension. After Hill returned to the starting lineup in Week 5, the record improved to 7-5 behind an improved defense, allowing a more reasonable 19.5 points per game.
From the beginning of October through the end of the season, Hill earned a higher Pro Football Focus grade than any safety in the league.
At a time of the year when optimism is typically riding high, Hill isn't the only player facing tribulations.
Let's take a spin around the league:
1. Knowshon Moreno is off to a rough start in Miami. Noticeably out of shape, Moreno continues to work primarily with the second-team offense while Lamar Miller handles the bulk of the first-team reps.
5. Raiders cornerback D.J. Hayden was sporting a walking boot on his right foot after rolling his ankle last week. Coach Dennis Allen downplayed the injury, saying he doesn't expect it to be anything serious.
7. Jeremy Maclin gave the Eagles a scare when he took a hard fall and stayed down for a moment in Monday's practice, but he ended up none the worse for the wear. Maclin reportedly looked "very smooth" and "explosive" coming in and out of his breaks prior to the tumble.
9. As it turns out, the Patriots were indeed the mystery team that hosted free agent Jermichael Finley on Friday. If he signs in New England, the Pats would have two Comeback Player of the Year candidates at tight end.
10. With Sean Lee out, the Cowboys opened Monday's practice with Justin Durant in the middle and Kyle Wilber at strong-side linebacker. Wilber will get competition from DeVonte Holloman and freshly signed fourth-round rookie Anthony Hitchens.