New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard made some progress this week in his recovery from migraines, but apparently not enough to be active for tonight’s game at Washington.
Shepard, who was projected to be limited Monday for the team’s walk-through practice but then who was held out of Tuesday’s actual physical activity, will miss his second game with migraines. Head coach Ben McAdoo said that the medical staff was holding him inside Tuesday to further investigate the cause for his migraines. There was no indication from the coach that Shepard is in the league’s concussion protocol.
Offensive linemen Justin Pugh (back) and DJ Fluker (toe) are also inactive, as both were announced as being out before the team left for Washington Wednesday. Pugh said Tuesday he’s been feeling better but that he doesn’t want to rush back from the injury lest he aggravate it again as he did before. He will miss his third game with this injury and his second in a row.
Chad Wheeler will get his second start at Pugh’s right tackle spot.
Fluker, whose right foot was in a walking boot Tuesday and who is the only one of the injured Giants to not make the trip to Washington, is missing his first game. His toe injury is believed to be one that will cause him to miss multiple games. He will be replaced in the starting lineup by Jon Halapio.
Linebacker B.J. Goodson will miss his fourth straight game with a high ankle sprain. Goodson is aiming to return to the lineup in the next week or two.
He’ll be joined on the inactive list by fellow linebacker Calvin Munson, who last week got the start in the middle. Munson is missing his second game this season due to a quad injury suffered against Seattle.
With Goodson and Munson both inactive, veteran Kelvin Sheppard (groin) will get the start. Sheppard was listed as questionable coming into this week’s game.
Cornerback Eli Apple is a surprise scratch for a second straight week. Apple was excused from practice several days last week to tending to his mother Annie, who underwent brain surgery.
Apple returned to the Giants this week, but with the short work week combined with his mother’s release from the hospital, it was not known how much work he was able to get in for tonight’s game given the short work week.
Ross Cockrell will get the start in Apple’s place.
Quarterback Davis Webb rounds out the rest of the Giants inactive list.
Washington will be without left tackle Trent Williams (knee) this week. He will be replaced by Ty Nsekhe. .
The rest of their inactives include safety Montae Nicholson, linebacker Martell Spaight, defensive lineman Caraun Reid, center Chase Roullier, tight end Jordan Reed and defensive lineman Terrell McClain.