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Sterling Shepard active, Kayvon Thibodeaux inactive for Giants

New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (3) jokes around during organized team activities (OTAs) at the training center in East Rutherford on Thursday, May 19, 2022.

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Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com / USA TODAY NETWORK

New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard was active for Sunday’s season opener against the host Tennessee Titans, while rookie outside linebacker Kayvon Thibodeaux was among the team’s inactives.

Shepard, who is returning from a torn Achilles tendon, returned to practice just two weeks ago and was activated from the physically unable to perform list on Aug. 24.

He declared himself “ready to go” for the Tennessee game, but Giants coach Brian Daboll said Shepard, Thibodeaux (knee), pass-rusher Azeez Ojulari (calf) and defensive back Dane Belton (clavicle) would all be game-time decisions.

Ojulari and Belton were inactive for New York along with Thibodeaux, the fifth overall pick in April’s draft whose NFL debut will have to wait at least one more week.

Running back Antonio Williams, cornerback Justin Layne, offensive lineman Tyre Phillips and wide receiver Darius Slayton were the Giants’ other inactives.
The Titans kept cornerback Lonnie Johnson, offensive tackle Jamarco Jones, defensive tackle Naquan Jones, running back Julius Chestnut and outside linebacker Derrek Tuszka inactive.

–Field Level Media