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Giants place 3 on PUP list; Azeez Ojulari on non-football injury list


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants today announced that four players rehabilitating injuries will not be on the field when the team holds its first training camp practice tomorrow.

Three players have been placed on the active/physically unable to perform (PUP) list: wide receiver Sterling Shepard (Achilles tendon), center Nick Gates (leg) and tackle Matt Peart (knee).

In addition, linebacker Azeez Ojulari was put on the reserve/non-football injury (NFI) list with a hamstring injury.

All four players remain part of the 90-man roster and can be activated at any time.

Shepard, the seven-year pro who is the Giants' longest-tenured player, tore his Achilles in a game against Dallas on Dec. 19. He underwent surgery and rehabbed the injury throughout the offseason.

Shepard's 349 career catches place him eighth in franchise history.

Gates, a five-year veteran, suffered a fractured leg in his first career start at left guard on Sept. 16 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, a third-year pro, tore his ACL in Philadelphia on Dec. 26, early in a game in which he started at left tackle.

In his first two seasons, Peart played in 26 games with five starts, including four at left tackle.

Last week, the Giants placed rookie tight end Daniel Bellinger on the PUP list with a quad injury.

Ojulari, the Giants' second-round draft choice last year, led the team with a franchise rookie-record 8.0 sacks in 2021. He played in all 17 games, starting 13.

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