Two of the NY Giants‘ most important players status for Sunday’s NFL Week 6 game against the Washington Football Team are in doubt.
Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton (foot) and defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence (knee) are both listed as questionable on the team’s final injury report Friday, ahead of Sunday’s NFC East clash at MetLIfe Stadium.
Head coach Joe Judge didn’t rule out Slayton playing when discussing his status prior to Friday’s practice.
“He was out there working with us [Thursday],” Judge said Friday. “We pulled him back a little bit on some of his stuff, but we’ll see how he is today. I’m expecting Darius to play. If the trainers tell me otherwise, they tell me otherwise.”
Slayton has been among quarterback Daniel Jones’ favorite targets, catching 15 passes for 236 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Meanwhile, Lawrence continues to be one of the Giants’ most dominant defenders, producing 19 total tackles and one sack through five games.
As of Friday afternoon, no decision had been made regarding wide receiver Sterling Shepard’s availability. Shepard has been on injured reserve since suffering turf toe back in Week 2 against the Chicago Bears.
Shepard was back on the practice field Thursday, and Judge is encouraged by his progress.
“He’s been making progress every day with the trainers,” Judge said. ” I’ve just seen he’s been working tirelessly. He’s made a lot of progress in terms of from where he was when he got hurt in Chicago to physically where he is now right there. I just saw him in the weight room two seconds ago. He’s in good spirits. He’s obviously anxious to get back out on the grass. We want to see him back out there as soon as possible.”
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