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New York Giants running backs Saquon Barkley, Wayne Gallman, wideout Sterling Shepard, tight end Evan Engram all practiced Monday.

The New York Giants were very short-handed for their Week 6 matchup with the New England Patriots last Thursday night.

Saquon Barkley missed his third-consecutive game with a high ankle sprain. Wayne Gallman also assisted in the depletion of the running back room, as he missed the game with a concussion. Wideout Sterling Shepard was out with a concussion and tight end Evan Engram sat with an MCL sprain.

However, things are looking up for all four Giants veterans.

Per a report from Ralph Vacchiano of SNY, Barkley, Gallman, Shepard and Engram participated in individual practice drills on Monday. Big Blue apparently went through a “light practice” in the midst of preparing for Arizona this Sunday.

Shepard may not play against the Cardinals due to the fact that this is his second time in the concussion protocol this season. He previously missed the team’s Week 2 loss to the Buffalo Bills due to his initial concussion in 2019.

In place of Barkley and Gallman, the Giants played running backs Jon Hilliman and Elijhaa Penny in the loss to the Patriots. They additionally promoted Austin Walter from the practice squad. New York has since released Hilliman and waived Walter, who are both undrafted rookies in this league.

When Engram sat against New England, Rhett Ellison started in his place. Ellison is primarily the No. 2 tight end.

In Shepard’s absence, Golden Tate, Cody Latimer, and Darius Slayton will have to continue stepping up. This now includes Bennie Fowler III, who the Giants signed on Monday.

The Giants will play host to the Cardinals this coming Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.