Sterling Shepard
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New York Giants wideout Sterling Shepard, cornerback Janoris Jenkins fully participated during Wednesday’s practice.

The New York Giants could be returning their No. 1 wideout to the game field this Sunday. On Wednesday, veteran receiver Sterling Shepard was a full participant in practice. This means he’s near the end of the concussion protocol.

Shepard has been dealing with his current concussion since the team’s Week 5 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. He was cleared at one point until symptoms then began to return.

Shepard has missed each of the team’s last five games and six in total. He sat for the Week 2 loss to the Buffalo Bills due to his initial trip to the protocol.

In four games this season, the fourth-year pro has caught 25 balls for 267 yards and one touchdown. In his absence, the Giants have relied on Golden Tate, rookie Darius Slayton and Cody Latimer to assist rookie quarterback Daniel Jones in the passing game.

Veteran cornerback Janoris Jenkins has also been dealing with a concussion but was a full participant on Wednesday. From the No. 1 corner spot, Jenkins has racked up 42 combined tackles with four interceptions and 11 passes defended.

Quarterbacks have combined to complete 54.2% of their throws when targeting Jenkins, with 419 yards and three touchdowns.

If Jenkins wasn’t good to go, Big Blue would thus look for rookie Deandre Baker, rookie Corey Ballentine and Grant Haley to man the cornerback spots.

The Giants, sitting in third place in the NFC East at 2-8, will take on the 4-6 Chicago Bears this Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. ET.

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