The New York Giants returned from their bye week Monday without some players in attendance.
Cornerbacks Eli Apple and Janoris Jenkins and running back Paul Perkins were excused from Monday’s practice, according to head coach Ben McAdoo.
“We had a few guys who were excused for personal reasons,” McAdoo said.
The absences could have been travel-related. Heavy rain and wind throughout the New York metropolitan area Sunday forced the delay or cancellation of many flights. Some Giants players experienced difficulty returning to New Jersey but managed to get to Monday morning’s practice session.
McAdoo wouldn’t confirm whether the absences were related to travel or Sunday’s rain storm. All three players are expected to be present for Wednesday’s practice.
Monday’s practice was termed by offensive lineman Justin Pugh as a “welcome back” workout, a light session designed to get the players moving after their bye week. It was the first practice in advance of Sunday’s game at MetLife Stadium against the NFC West leading Los Angeles Rams, who are also coming off their bye week.
The Giants could have some important players back against the Rams.
Wide receiver Sterling Shepard practiced Monday. He missed the Giants’ two previous games before the bye with an ankle injury. Pugh (back), linebacker Olivier Vernon (ankle), and linebacker B.J. Goodson (ankle) worked out on the sideline with a trainer.
Vernon has missed the past three games and spent the bye week rehabbing his injury. Goodson injured his ankle in the Week 7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Pugh originally injured his back in the Week 6 win against the Denver Broncos. He attempted to play against the Seahawks but left the game early.
Pugh has been the Giants’ starting right tackle in their last two games. He said the bye week helped in his recuperation and he hopes to be ready for the Rams.
“My back was locking up on me, so I went in and tried to get it to calm down in the Seattle game,” Pugh said. “It was bothering me going into it, so hopefully this week will be good. Having the week off was definitely helpful. We’ll just go from there.
Another offensive lineman, Weston Richburg, did not practice and remains in the concussion protocol.
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