Evan Engram
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The New York Giants had their first practice of the week on Wednesday, but four key players, Connor Barwin, Evan Engram, Damon Harrison and Sterling Shepard, were unable to practice.

Jason Leach

EAST RUTHERFORD—The New York Giants took to the practice field on Wednesday as they prepare to take on the (2-1) Carolina Panthers on Sunday at Bank of America Stadium.

Defeating the Panthers won’t be easy as the Giants haven’t won in Carolina since 2012 and the Panthers are coming off a bye. It will be even harder if the Giants are without four key players.

Connor Barwin (knee), Evan Engram (knee), Damon Harrison (knee), and Sterling Shepard (back) were all unable to practice on Wednesday.

At this time, of the four players that missed practice, only Engram is doubtful to play as he continues to rehab from his MCL sprain. Shepard only missed practice because he had a cyst removed from his back, but he should be able to practice on Thursday.

The following players all participated in practice on a limited basis: Eli Apple (groin), Antonio Hamilton (groin), Cody Latimer (knee), Olivier Vernon (ankle). All four missed the game against the Saints, but the Giants are hopeful they’ll all be on the field on Sunday.

Vernon has missed all four of the Giants games due to a high ankle sprain that he suffered at the end of August. His presence has been sorely missed as the Giants only have five sacks on the season.

The New York Giants have listed their inactive players every Friday so far this season. The next 48 hours are crucial in determining who will play on Sunday against the Panthers.

Jason's first love was football while growing up in northern New Jersey. For the past three years, he has covered the New York Giants, as well as several boxing events along the East Coast.