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Giants sign UFL's Clayton to bolster depleted receivers

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The injury-hit New York Giants have raided the fledgling United Football League to replenish their depleted pool of receivers by signing Michael Clayton.

Clayton, a 2004 first-round NFL draft choice who played six seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, most recently played wide receiver for the UFL's Omaha Nighthawks, catching seven passes for 70 yards in four games this season.

The Giants are missing leading pass catcher Hakeem Nicks and number two Steve Smith to injuries, while ends Ramses Barden and Victor Cruz have been sidelined for the year.

To make room on their roster, the Giants (6-4) waived tight end Jake Ballard as they prepare for Sunday's game against the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars (6-4).

(Reporting by Larry Fine, Editing by Ken Ferris; To query or comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com)