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Injuries linger for Giants' Evan Engram, Sterling Shepard

Evan Engram #88 of the Giants looks on

Evan Engram #88 of the Giants looks on while on the field before the game against the Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium on September 26, 2021. Credit: Getty Images/Al Bello

The Giants are so riddled with injuries that they are starting to repeat them.

Tight end Evan Engram, who missed the first two games of the season with a calf strain, sat out Thursday’s practice with the same designation, and wide receiver Sterling Shepard, who missed two recent games with a hamstring, was limited by the same affliction.

Neither player appeared on the team’s injury report on Wednesday.

It’s unclear if these are new injuries or aggravations of the previous ones, but they are certain to impact the two players who figure to have a big role in the offense on Sunday against the Panthers. Their appearance on the injury report came on a day when it became abundantly clear (yet not yet official) that the Giants will be without running back Saquon Barkley (ankle) and wide receivers Kenny Golladay (knee) and Kadarius Toney (ankle).

None of those three participated in the workout and have been sidelined all week.

"They all made progress [Wednesday]," Judge said of the three playmakers. "We’ll see where they are going… I’d say all of them are making progress. They’re going in the right direction. We’ll see how far away they are as we get through these days."

Notes & quotes: CB James Bradberry said he is looking forward to facing his former Panthers team on Sunday. "It’s special because that’s where I started," he said. "I know some guys still on that defense and some guys on that offense, so I think it’s going to be special to see some of my old teammates." He downplayed any animosity toward the organization, though, since the decision to let him go in free agency which led him to the Giants was made by a new regime that arrived the same offseason. "They weren’t there when I was there, so I can’t really blame them for not keeping me," he said … Former Pro Bowl LB Bernardrick McKinney, who signed to the Giants’ practice squad this week, said he isn’t sure when he’ll be up to speed enough to help the team in games. Linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer said he envisions using McKinney as an early-down linebacker once he is ready to play.

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