Cornerack Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie wasn't the only player making a heralded return to Giants practice on Wednesday. Receiver Sterling Shepard was back, too.
Shepard, who missed the Giants' big win in Denver with a sprained ankle, was on the field and participating in the portion of practice open to the media. He went through some individual drills and appeared to be running well without a limp.
His return would be huge for a Giants receiving corps that was battered by the losses of Odell Beckham, Jr., Brandon Marshall, and Dwayne Harris. Shepard, with 22 catches for 263 yards and a touchdown this season, is by far the best and most accomplished receiver the Giants have left.
It was unclear if he was going to be a full or limited participant. Giants head coach Ben McAdoo is expected to address the media after practice this afternoon.
Meanwhile, there was no sign of center Weston Richburg (concussion) or linebacker Calvin Munson (quad) at practice. Also missing was cornerback Eli Apple, who was excused due to personal reasons.
Linebacker Jonathan Casillas (neck), defensive end Olivier Vernon (ankle), and guard John Jerry (tooth) were all working on the side.
Safety Landon Collins (ankle), long-snapper Zak DeOssie (wrist/elbow), and running back Paul Perkins (ribs) were also on the injury report, but they appeared to be participating.
Rodgers-Cromartie, of course, was practicing for the first time since he was suspended last week after storming out on the team last Wednesday when he was told he wasn't going to play in the Giants' Sunday night game in Denver. DRC is also expected to meet with the media to address his issues later Wednesday afternoon.