While tight ends Evan Engram (foot) and Rhett Ellison (concussion) have already been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears, the New York Giants are getting wide receiver Sterling Shepard back.
Shepard, Nate Solder and Janoris Jenkins all cleared the league’s concussion protocol Friday afternoon.
Will there be any apprehension about using Shepard?
“It’s a good question,” coach Pat Shurmur said. “You don’t want it (a concussion) to happen again. But based on how he’s trained and everything to this point, there’s nothing for us to say he won’t clear and be ready to play. At some point, you just have to trust it and then deal with it if it doesn’t work out.”
Shepard suffered a concussion Week 1 against the Dallas Cowboys and another Week 5 against the Minnesota Vikings.
Solder and Jenkins suffered concussions Week 10 against the New York Jets.
Ellison also suffered his concussion against the Jets. Engram missed the Jet game after being injured against the Dallas Cowboys. In four seasons, Engram has never played a full 16 games.
Without their top two tight ends, rookie Kaden Smith and recently re-signed journeyman Scott Simonson will be the tight ends. If the Giants want a third tight end they could promote Garrett Dickerson from the practice squad.