The New York Giants got some good news on the injury front Sunday morning. Reports emerged that right guard D.J. Fluker and receiver Sterling Shepard are both expected to play against the Seattle Seahawks.
The #Giants should get back some reinforcements, with WR Sterling Shepard (ankle) set to return after a short absence, source said.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 22, 2017
Fluker appeared on the injury report Saturday, when he was listed as “questionable” with a knee. Shepard missed the week six game against the Denver Broncos following a sprained ankle suffered against the Los Angles Chargers. Having both players available could be a significant boost to the Giants’ offense. Most importantly, the Giants will be able to field the same offensive line behind which they found success against the Denver Broncos, which quickly proved to be the best line combination they have yet found.
Shepard was one of the most productive slot receivers in the NFL before his week five ankle injury, and his return will give Eli Manning a second reliable receiving target in addition to Evan Engram. Either outside or in the slot, Shepard greatly strengthens a receiver group that was an afterthought in the Giants’ win in Denver.