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Sterling Shepard returns to practice for banged-up Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants' injury-ravaged receiving corps received a boost Wednesday when Sterling Shepard returned to practice.

The second-year wide receiver missed Sunday’s game with an ankle injury. He was seen early last week in a boot after getting hurt in the previous week’s loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.

Shepard said it was a sprained ankle, similar to what he experienced in the summer. That sidelined him a couple weeks.

The Giants host the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday before heading into their bye week.

Shepard is third on the Giants with 22 catches for 263 yards and a touchdown this season. His return would boost a group of receivers that is already missing Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall and Dwayne Harris. They are all out for the remainder of the season with foot or ankle injuries.

The Giants started Roger Lewis and Tavarres King on Sunday night in Denver. Undrafted rookie Travis Rudolph also played sparingly in the slot.

Wide receiver isn’t the only position where the Giants are struggling with injuries. Center Weston Richburg (concussion) remains sidelined after missing the past two games and John Jerry (tooth) did not practice on Wednesday.

The Giants also had linebacker Jonathan Casillas (neck) work on the side with a trainer while Calvin Munson (quad) missed practice.

Defensive end Olivier Vernon (ankle) also remained sidelined.

Shepard, safety Landon Collins, running back Paul Perkins and long snapper Zak DeOssie were likely all limited participants in practice.

Coach Ben McAdoo is expected to address the media when the workout is completed early this afternoon.

Full pre-practice Giants injury report:

LB Jonathan Casillas (neck)

C Weston Richburg (concussion)

G John Jerry (tooth)

LB Calvin Munson (quad)

DE Olivier Vernon (ankle)

S Landon Collins (ankle)

LS Zak DeOssie (wrist/elbow)

RB Paul Perkins (ribs)

WR Sterling Shepard (ankle)