Giants WR Shepard to return, TE Engram out


New York Giants receiver Sterling Shepard cleared concussion protocol and is obtainable to play Sunday in opposition to the Chicago Bears, the crew mentioned Friday.

FILE PHOTO: Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants broad receiver Sterling Shepard (87) reacts through the fourth quarter in opposition to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Obligatory Credit score: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports activities

Shepard has missed the previous 5 video games as a consequence of his second concussion of the season. Giants coach Pat Shurmur mentioned the 26-year-old probably will play.

“Pay attention, while you’re on the sector taking part in, all of the gamers are in danger for damage,” Shurmur informed reporters. “That’s simply the fact of the game. It’s a bodily sport. The rationale all of us performed it and do play it and coach it’s as a result of we just like the bodily nature of it. Sadly, generally accidents are a part of it.

“If he’s up and going, he’s going to go.”

Shepard has caught 25 passes for 267 yards and one landing in 4 video games this season. He caught a minimum of 59 passes in every of his first three NFL seasons.

Whereas Shepard is again, tight ends Evan Engram (foot) and Rhett Ellison (concussion) will miss the sport.

Engram leads New York with 44 receptions for 467 yards. This would be the third recreation he missed this season as a consequence of knee or foot accidents.

“He did every little thing we requested,” Shurmur mentioned of Engram. “Hopefully he’s on observe to be again quickly. He simply wasn’t fairly prepared this week.”

Ellison has 18 catches for 167 yards.

Offensive sort out Nate Solder and cornerback Janoris Jenkins additionally cleared concussion protocol and can play. They suffered their accidents in opposition to the New York Jets on Nov. 10 and had the crew’s bye to assist them recuperate.

The Giants (2-Eight) have misplaced six straight video games.

—Area Degree Media