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3 key Giants sit out Wednesday’s minicamp practice


Sterling Shepard, Jabrill Peppers and Sam Beal were surprise absences from the Giants’ second practice of mandatory minicamp on Wednesday.

Giants brass huddled a few times during and after practice before head coach Pat Shurmur said Shepard had a “wrist” injury, Peppers “had a tooth extracted,” Beal had a “personal thing,” and all three were “fine.”

Shurmur initially mocked the inquiries as “roll call questions,” but all three players are major parts of what this team hopes to do, and their absences were unexpected.

It was also notable that they were nowhere to be seen. Plenty of other players who couldn’t practice, such as tight end Evan Engram, were on the side doing work with trainers and stood with the rest of the team to watch live drills.

Sterling Shepard (Seth Wenig/AP)

Shepard appeared to hurt his wrist in Tuesday’s practice while recovering his own fumble, stripped by linebacker Alec Ogletree. Shepard had believed he had stepped out of bounds prior, which he blamed on the lack of ball security.

That also seemed to account for Shepard’s awkward dive down to the ground for the recovery. He came up grimacing slightly but hadn’t shown signs of it hurting during interviews.

Tight end Eric Dungey, safety Sean Chandler, DB Jake Carlock, DL Olsen Pierre, offensive linemen Nate Solder and Mike Remmers, and wideout Alex Wesley all skipped practice and worked on the side.

Engram has missed two straight practices because he’s “just a little sore,” per Shurmur, but the coach has insisted he will be OK.

Edge rusher Markus Golden participated a bit in 11-on-11 drills after sitting them out on Tuesday. Defensive coordinator James Bettcher said it’s all part of a plan to have Golden, who tore his right ACL in 2017, ready for training camp.

“With anyone that has been injured, you find when you push him, pull him back and push him,” Bettcher said. “At the end of the day, all of us are shooting for training camp and everyone being ready to go. That is not to say he is not 100 percent today, but we want all of our guys ready to go when we go to training camp.”