Shepard, Pierre-Paul Questionable Against Cowboys


New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul are both listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium.

Shepard practiced Friday at full speed after being limited the previous two days by a hamstring injury. He said he didn’t feel it during Friday’s practice and, barring any complications in Saturday’s walkthrough, should play on Sunday.

“He looked all right,” interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo said. “He looked pretty good.”

Pierre-Paul was limited in practice Friday with a finger injury. He didn’t practice Wednesday or Thursday. Pierre-Paul injured the finger during the Week 13 loss to the Oakland Raiders. His hand that was injured in a fireworks accident more than two years ago was wrapped up after the game and on Friday.

Pierre-Paul insists he will be medically cleared to face Dallas.

“I’ll play Sunday,” Pierre-Paul has said throughout the week.

Cornerback Eli Apple (hip/back), running back Orleans Darkwa (illness), wide receiver Travis Rudolph (hamstring) and offensive lineman Chad Wheeler (concussion) are also listed as questionable.

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The Giants will not have offensive lineman Justin Pugh (back) or linebacker B.J. Goodson (ankle) against Dallas.

Pugh will miss his fourth consecutive game, leaving a huge void along the offensive line. This week, the void will be more noticeable because the Giants will not have Pugh at the right tackle spot against Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence. Lawrence is tied for the NFL-lead with 13.5 sacks.

Goodson will miss his seventh game of the season and fifth due to the ankle injury. Goodson’s absence is a blow to a Giants defense that is ranked last in the NFL against the run. Kelvin Sheppard is expected to start in his place.

– 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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