New York Giants receiver Sterling Shepard, who has been bothered by migraines since last Saturday, is listed as questionable on the Giants final injury report prior to their Thanksgiving night game at Washington.
Shepard, who has been unable to practice Tuesday and Wednesday, was kept inside for treatment yesterday according to head coach Ben McAdoo. The second-year receiver has not been placed in the league’s concussion protocol as of Monday, when he was projected to be limited had the team held a full practice.
Three Giants—offensive linemen D.J. Fluker (toe) and Justin Pugh (back) and linebacker B.J. Goodson (ankle)—have been declared out for Thursday night. Fluker suffered a right toe injury in last week’s win against the Chiefs; he’s since had his foot placed in a walking boot with what could be a multi-week injury.
Pugh told reporters Tuesday that his back was responding to treatment but that he wasn’t about to rush himself back from the injury as he did the last time. Pugh could return next week when the Giants face the Oakland Raiders, however, with the second-to-last of the cross-country flights of the season on tap, it might make more sense to hold Pugh for a two-game home stretch that begins the following week against Dallas, followed by Philadelphia.
Fluker’s right guard spot will reportedly be filled by Jon Halapio. Chad Wheeler will get his second start at right tackle for Pugh.
Goodson will miss his fourth game due to a high ankle sprain suffered against Seattle. Goodson, who has aggressively been treating his injury, could be back the following week for the Giants road game against the Raiders.
Linebacker Calvin Munson is listed as doubtful after aggravating a quad injury that kept him out of the Seattle game. Munson was unable to practice Tuesday or Wednesday.
Linebacker Jonathan Casillas and long snapper Zak DeOssie are new additions to the Giants injury report. Casillas is listed as having a neck ailment, an injury that cost him three games earlier this year. DeOssie is listed as having a trap injury.
The good news is both Casillas and DeOssie were able to get their full practice reps in this week, including Wednesday’s walk through, so both should be available to play Thursday night.
Defensive tackle Damon Harrison, linebacker Kelvin Sheppard and defensive end Olivier Vernon are listed as questionable. All three were projected as limited participants for Wednesday.
Harrison, who has been nursing an ankle injury, was also listed as having an elbow ailment. Vernon has been limited all week with a shoulder injury suffered in last week’s win and Sheppard missed last week’s contest with a groin injury suffered against the 49ers, his first game back with the team.
Running back Orleans Darkwa (hamstring), defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (knee), and defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson were all missing from the final injury report which means they’re good to go. All three would have been limited Wednesday if the Giants had a regular practice.