The New York Giants will be without receiver Sterling Shepard this week.
Shepard, who was added to the injury report Saturday with an “illness,” has been dealing with migraines according to an NFL Network report Sunday morning.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 19, 2017
Shepard, who was listed as questionable, currently leads the team in receiving yards (475) and is second in receptions (38). He missed two games a few weeks ago due to an ankle injury suffered in Week 5.
In other lineup changes, undrafted rookie free agent Chad Wheeler, who played his college ball at USC, will make his first NFL start at right tackle in place of Justin Pugh, who is inactive due to a back injury.
Wheeler gets the nod over Bobby Hart, ranked as Pro Football Focus’ 67th best offensive tackle and whose pass-blocking efficiency grade of 89.9 is the lowest of the Giants offensive tackles this year.
The Giants will also be without middle linebackers B.J. Goodson (ankle) and Kelvin Sheppard (groin). This will be the third week in a row and the fifth game Goodson has missed—he missed Weeks 2 and 3 due to a shin injury. This will be the first game Sheppard has missed since he was signed last week to provide depth at linebacker.
Calvin Munson will get the start at middle linebacker.
Cornerback Eli Apple is also inactive this week. Apple was excused from practice this week to support his mother, Annie Apple, who underwent brain surgery Thursday. Annie Apple tweeted this morning that her surgery was a success.
— Annie Apple (@SurvivinAmerica) November 19, 2017
Ross Cockrell will start in place of Apple this week, which would leave Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to man the slot.
The rest of the Giants inactive list includes quarterback Davis Webb, who has yet to get into a game this year, and newly signed offensive lineman John Greco.
The Chiefs’ inactives are quarterback Tyler Bray, receiver Albert Wilson, linebacker Dee Ford, guard Jordan Devey, offensive lineman Parker Ehinger, linebacker Tamba Hali and defensive lineman Allen Bailey.