Two key members of the New York Giants offense were at opposite ends of the spectrum during Thursday’s practice session.

Wide receiver Sterling Shepard returned to practice on a limited basis after missing Wednesday. He said he ran hard and “felt good”. Shepard expects to play this Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium.

“Hopefully we’ll get him back, knock on wood,” interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo said.

The news was not so good for offensive lineman Justin Pugh. Pugh has missed the past three games with a back injury. He had an MRI after not being able to complete Wednesday’s session and will not play this Sunday.

Pugh tried to come back last month and suffered a setback. He doesn’t want to make a similar mistake. At the same time, the Giants are 2-10 with four games remaining. Pugh, who will become a free agent this offseason, wants to return this season.

“I don’t want (to shut it down),” Pugh said.

Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (finger) didn’t practice for a second consecutive day. There is optimism that Pierre-Paul will be able to get some work in on Friday. He left Sunday’s loss to the Oakland Raiders with the hand that was damaged in a fireworks accident heavily wrapped.

Cornerback Eli Apple (hip, back) and running back Orleans Darkwa (illness) also didn’t practice Thursday while running back Wayne Gallman (hip), linebacker B.J. Goodson (ankle), defensive tackle Damon Harrison (elbow), Shepard, and offensive lineman Chad Wheeler (concussion) were all limited participants.

– Curtis Rawls is a Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage and covers the NFL and the New York Giants. Please like and follow on Facebook and Twitter. Curtis can be followed on Twitter @CuRawls203.

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