Obviously, the health of running back Saquon Barkley weighed heavy on the team’s mind this week. Wide receiver Cody Latimer was in concussion protocol during Sunday’s 32-31 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. There was also concern over the availability of second-year linebacker Lorenzo Carter (elbow) against Washington.
The Giants elected not to place Barkley on injured reserve for a high ankle sprain suffered in Sunday’s game. Head coach Pat Shurmur did not give a timetable for his return. However, the Giants did get some good news on the injury front Thursday.
Latimer, who suffered a concussion in the Week 2 loss to the Buffalo Bills, had a full practice for the first time since he entered concussion protocol. Carter was a limited participant in practice Wednesday but he also practiced in full on Thursday despite wearing a large elbow brace.
Wide receiver Bennie Fowler (hamstring) hasn’t progressed as much as the coaching staff expected and was a limited practice participant on Thursday. Despite the limitations, it is encouraging to the coaching staff that Fowler is able to practice at all.
Wide receiver Russell Shepard was placed on injured reserve after a foot injury suffered in Sunday’s game. He will be out of the lineup for at least eight weeks.
Linebacker and defensive captain Alec Ogletree didn’t practice Thursday because of a hamstring injury. In addition, linebacker Tae Davis (concussion) was sidelined. Both injuries occurred against Tampa Bay. Because of the injuries to both Ogletree and Davis, the Giants re-signed Nate Stupar.
Defensive end Olsen Pierre (knee) was also a scratch from Thursday’s practice.