New York Giants announce Shepard, 2 others on PUP list: Azeez Ojulari lands on NFI list

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New York Giants head coach Brian Daboll, left, jokes with Kadarius Toney, center, and Sterling Shepard.
Giants head coach Brian Daboll, left, jokes with Kadarius Toney, center, and Sterling Shepard.
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The New York Giants announced updates to the several players currently dealing with injuries before the onset of training camp. 

Sterling Shepard, Nick Gates, and Matt Peart all landed on the active/physically unable to perform (PUP) list. 

Shepard has been dealing with an Achilles tendon injury that kept him out late in the regular season. The longest-tenured player on the Giants currently, tore his Achilles in a game against Dallas. He underwent surgery and rehabbed the injury throughout the offseason.

Gates meanwhile suffered a fractured leg in his first career start at left guard in Washington. He subsequently underwent numerous operations and spent the rest of the season on injured reserve. Gates had started 19 consecutive games, including 17 at center.

Peart tore his ACL in Philadelphia late last season in a game that he started at left tackle. 

The Giants also announced that Azzez Ojulari, the Giants’ second-round draft choice last year, will be placed on the NFI list due to a hamstring injury. 

Ojulari led the team with a franchise rookie record of eight sacks in 2021. He played in all 17 games, starting 13. 

What does it mean for the Giants?

All four players remain part of the 90-man roster and can be activated at any time. As part of the NFL’s Bargaining Agreement, players that are placed on the PUP/NFI list before the season begins are allowed to be brought onto the 53-man roster. If the players continue to stay on the PUP list throughout training camp PUP list may not practice or play the first six weeks of the season. After the sixth week, the player must be allowed to return to practice, placed on injured reserve, or released within five weeks.

The Giants open up training camp tomorrow in what will be the first under new head coach Brian Daboll. New York made numerous additions through the draft and are looking to improve on the franchise’s 4-13 record last season. 

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