Shepard practiced in a limited fashion Monday, which was cause for optimism, but was unable to participate the rest of the week. Thus, his absence for Thursday's game is unsurprising. It will mark his second consecutive game missed due to migraines. Wide receivers Roger Lewis, Tavarres King and Travis Rudolph figure to see increased targets as a result.
Shepard (illness) isn't expected to play Thursday at Washington, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Shepard was tabbed with a "limited" designation on Monday's estimated injury report, but the positive start was followed by no activity at Tuesday's light practice and a DNP on Wednesday. With migraines still in tow, he's seemingly slated for a second consecutive absence. In such a scenario, wide receivers Roger Lewis, Tavarres King and Travis Rudolph should all have ample target counts by game's end.
Shepard (illness) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game at Washington, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.
In preparation for this contest, the Giants had just one light practice on the docket Tuesday, when Shepard failed to participate due to an ongoing migraine. The malady emerged late Saturday, kept him on the sideline Sunday against the Chiefs and is threatening to force another absence. With 10 days between the Giants' outings in Weeks 12 and 13, it wouldn't surprise if Shepard is held out to help him put the headaches in the rear-view mirror. If that happens, rookie tight end Evan Engram automatically becomes the No. 1 option in the passing attack, with Tavarres King, Roger Lewis and Travis Rudolph holding down the fort at wideout.
Shepard (illness) doesn't appear likely to suit up Thursday against the Redskins, Paul Schwartz of the New York Post reports. "Sterling is not feeling well," Giants head coach Ben McAdoo said Tuesday. "We kept him in the training room [during practice] and the [Giants medical staff is] taking a look at him. They're looking at all the possibilities."
The Giants will offer an official injury designation for Shepard following their final practice of the week Wednesday, but the wideout's absence from what ended up being a light practice Tuesday doesn't offer much encouragement that he'll be able to recover from his migraine in time to play on a short week. Unless Shepard's condition dramatically turns a corner Wednesday, the Giants appear set to proceed with Roger Lewis and Tavarres King as their top wideouts for the second straight week, though it's likely that tight end Evan Engram will rank as quarterback Eli Manning's go-to option in the passing game.
According to Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York, Giants head coach Ben McAdoo relayed that Shepard, who sat out Sunday's win over the Chiefs while battling a migraine, is still "not feeling well," a discouraging sign as the Thanksgiving Day matchup with the Redskins approaches. Trainers are set to reevaluate Shepard on Tuesday to determine the possible reasons behind his migraines, but the team won't make an official ruling on his status for Thursday's game until after Wednesday's practice. Roger Lewis and Tavarres King would lead the Giants' receiving corps for a second straight week if Shepard can't go.
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