The New York Giants have endured a season riddled by injury to key personnel.
This week of discontent began with the Giants placing five players on injured reserve, including cornerback Janoris Jenkins (ankle) and offensive lineman D.J. Fluker (toe).
The Giants did get some good news on the injury front. Wide receiver Sterling Shepard, who missed the past two games with migraines, will be available for Sunday’s away game at the Oakland Raiders. Linebacker B.J. Goodson will also be on hand for the Giants after missing the past four games with an ankle injury.
The Giants will not have linebacker Jonathan Casillas. Casillas has been in and out of the lineup with neck and wrist injuries all season. He didn’t finish the 20-10 loss to the Washington Redskins on Thanksgiving night and didn’t practice all week. Casillas’ spot will most likely be filled by the committee of Goodson, Calvin Munson, and Kelvin Sheppard.
Offensive lineman Justin Pugh is listed as doubtful. He’s missed the past two games with a back injury and probably won’t play Sunday. Pugh has been making progress and is targeting a return for next week’s division battle against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium.
If Pugh doesn’t play, the Giants will use the same offensive line configuration they used last week against Washington: Left tackle Ereck Flowers, left guard John Jerry, center Brett Jones, right guard Jon Halapio, right tackle Chad Wheeler.
Defensive tackle Damon Harrison is questionable with an elbow injury. The Man Called Snacks didn’t practice all week. His lack of practice time motivated the Giants into signing the veteran Khryi Thornton. Harrison has started 75 consecutive games.