EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – The New York Giants are unlikely to have wide receiver Sterling Shepard in their Thursday night game against the New England Patriots.
Giants coach Pat Shurmur said on Monday that Shepard is back in concussion protocol for the second time this season after being injured in Sunday's 28-10 loss to Minnesota Vikings. The tight finish and main receiver Evan Engram (knee) and running back Wayne Gallman (concussion) also did not practice Monday.
Authorities had Shepard leave Sunday's game at the end of the third quarter after he hit the ground hard trying to catch a long pass from Daniel Jones. He was evaluated for a concussion and returned.
Shurmur said Shepard appeared with symptoms of a concussion on Monday.
"He is on protocol and we will try to get him back," said Shurmur of Shepard, who also had a concussion in the opening game of the season against Dallas and missed the next game against Buffalo. "He'll be back on the field when they say it's time."
Shepard is second on the team, with 25 catches for 267 yards and a touchdown. Engram has 33 catches for 373 yards and two touchdowns.
Veteran Golden Tate, who was suspended in the first four games for using performance enhancers, returned last week. Newcomer Darius Slayton also played well and the list includes veterans Cody Latimer and Cody Core.
The team has three other tight endings – Rhett Ellison, Garrett Dickerson and Kaden Smith.
Injuries have become a concern for giants (2-3).
Striker Saquon Barkley has lost the last two games with a big right ankle sprain. Shurmur said the NFL offensive rookie in 2018 was limited on Monday and is feeling better than last week. He gave no indication if he will be ready for the Patriots (5-0).
If he can't go, Giants have only two other backs on the list, rookie Jon Hilliman and Eli Penny, who is another quarterback.
Shurmur said there is a chance for the Giants to add another race to the game.
On Monday, strikers Nate Solder (ankle) and linebackers Lorenzo Carter (neck), Alec Ogletree (hamstrings) and Josiah Tauaefa (knee) were also limited. Carter was inactive on Sunday and Ogletree missed out on the last two.
Linebacker Tae Davis, who has lost his last two games with a concussion, practiced without restriction on Monday.
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