New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard was held out of practice Wednesday after having a cyst removed from his lower back. Shepard will miss a few days.

“He had a little thing taken off the base of his back that is just going to take him a day or so to get back from,” head coach Pat Shurmur said. “Otherwise, he’ll be fine. Just a little cyst. It’s fine.”

Outside linebacker Olivier Vernon (ankle), cornerback Eli Apple (groin), and wide receiver Cody Latimer (knee) all practiced on a limited basis Wednesday.

Vernon missed the Giants’ first four games with a high ankle sprain. Apple missed the last two games and Latimer was held out of Sunday’s loss to the New Orleans Saints. There is optimism that Vernon and Apple will available for this Sunday’s road game at the Carolina Panthers.

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Defensive lineman Josh Mauro practiced for the first time. Mauro was suspended for the Giants’ first four games. The team has until next Monday to activate him. Defensive tackle Damon Harrison and linebacker Connor Barwin were both on the sideline during Wednesday’s session. It is mostly likely they didn’t practice due to soreness.

Tight end Evan Engram (knee) is out with a sprained MCL and it will be a few weeks before he is able to return to the lineup.

Shurmur was pleased with the number of players practicing and the team getting healthier. The Giants’ next three games are against the last three NFC representatives in the Super Bowl.

“Looks like we’re going to get more guys out there practicing today. I don’t know what that will mean for the game but we’ll have more guys out there,” Shurmur said. “We should have more guys out there practicing at least closer to get to the game. We’ll figure it out as we go.”

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

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