In terms of injury news, Thursday was pretty much rinse and repeat for the New York Giants.
All players on the injury list with the exception of cornerback/kick returner Corey Ballentine (concussion) were working in some fashion. Ballentine was on the field at the beginning of the media portion of practice, but was watching in sweats. He went inside after only a few minutes.
Running back Saquon Barkley (ankle) and tight end Evan Engram (sprained MCL) appeared to be on track for Sunday. Coach Pat Shurmur said both players “did fine yesterday” and would practice on Thursday.
Barkley has not been officially ruled in or out for Sunday, but said Thursday there was “no doubt in my mind” his ankle was ready to take the pounding of an NFL game.
How can Saquon Barkley help the Giants on Sunday if (wink, wink) he plays? "Be me," he says. pic.twitter.com/roWcTWVJuX— Big Blue View (@bigblueview) October 17, 2019
Wide receiver Sterling Shepard, running back Wayne Gallman and defensive lineman Olsen Pierre, all in various stages of the concussion protocol, were working during the stretching and individual phases of practices open to media.
Asked about Shepard, coming back from his second concussion of the season, Shurmur said “Listen, when he can play the doctors will tell us. Certainly, player safety is on the front burner for us. So, we’ll just have to see where he goes with that.”
Thursday injury report
Did not practice
CB Corey Ballentine (concussion)
WR Sterling Shepard (concussion)
RB Saquon Barkley (ankle)
TE Evan Engram (knee)
RB Wayne Gallman (concussion)
DL Olsen Pierre (concussion)