Super Bowl XLII hero David Tyree had hoped to make a triumphant return to the Giants, one year after suffering a season-ending knee injury. Yet nagging injuries and an abundance of younger competition in training camp led to Tyree being waived today.

“It’s pretty emotional,” said Tyree’s agent, Mark Clouser.

Tyree was one of five featured players on NFL.com’s On The Fringe series. He arguably had the most difficult circumstances to overcome, and in the end, he simply couldn’t break through all that. Tyree was inconsistent during workouts and didn’t play in the final two preseason games because of a hamstring injury, so his release wasn’t unexpected.

Tyree probably won’t be out of work for long. Two wide receiver-needy AFC teams already have made contact with Clouser about Tyree. He doesn’t have to clear waivers because he is a vested veteran, meaning Tyree is free to immediately sign with any team.

–Steve Wyche