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Giants host Crucial Catch game in Week 6

During Sunday's matchup against the Rams, the Giants will be hosting their Crucial Catch game at MetLife Stadium.

The Giants will have season ticket members and employees, who have been impacted by cancer, participating in the pregame ceremony to serve as flag bearers. In addition, Giants players and coaches will be wearing Crucial Catch themed gear to raise awareness and support cancer prevention efforts.

For the 13th consecutive year, the National Football League (NFL) and the American Cancer Society (ACS) are working together to support the fight against cancer through "Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer." The initiative, which kicked off in Week 4 and continues to be highlighted through Week 6 games, addresses early detection and risk reduction efforts across multiple types of cancers.

Crucial Catch encourages people to catch cancer early, when it may be easier to treat. This year, that is a greater challenge than ever. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on screening. At the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, some cancer screenings declined by 90%. Through Crucial Catch, the NFL and ACS are allocating resources dedicated to safely restarting cancer screenings in communities with the most need. For many forms of cancer (breast, cervical, colorectal and prostate), the five-year survival rate is above 90% when detected early before it has a chance to spread.

Since 2012, the NFL has funded ACS' Community Health Advocates Implementation Nationwide Grants for Empowerment and Equity (CHANGE) grants, which have contributed to over 600,000 screenings in underserved communities and reached more than 1,100,000 million individuals with education, screening reminders and patient navigation, bringing these life-saving messages and screening services to those who need them most.

All 32 NFL teams will have the option of supporting early detection and risk-reduction efforts for one or multiple cancers in-stadium and in their communities. In addition, players may wear cleats and shoelaces in any color representing the type of cancer awareness they support and/or have been impacted by during their team's Crucial Catch game.

This season, all NFL Crucial Catch games will include:

  • Game balls with the Crucial Catch logo
  • Multi-colored equipment for players, including helmet decals, captains' patches, sideline caps and quarterback towels.
  • Multi-colored ribbon pins for coaches and teams
  • Caps and pins for game officials
  • On-field multi-colored Crucial Catch stencils
  • Multi-colored goal post wraps in end zones; and
  • Field-wall banners in the color(s) of the cancer awareness movement(s) that each club supports

Game-worn Crucial Catch merchandise will be auctioned on NFL Auction (nfl.com/auction). The NFL does not profit from the sale of Crucial Catch merchandise. Charitable contributions are donated to the American Cancer Society to support its CHANGE grant program.

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Daniel Jones 'on track'; Giants confident in backup Mike Glennon

The three quarterbacks currently wearing a Giants uniform were together today when they exited the Quest Diagnostics Training Center for the practice field. Brian Lewerke, who is on the practice squad, was first. He was closely followed by Mike Glennon, second on the depth chart and the potential starter for the Giants' home game Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams. Just behind him was Daniel Jones, the clear No. 1, who is in the NFL concussion protocol after he was injured three days ago in Dallas.

"We just saw Daniel walking outside," a reporter said to coach Joe Judge, "what can he do?"

"He can walk," Judge said, smiling.

The man has clearly retained his sense of humor. But he is very serious about the health of his quarterback. Jones, per the protocols, was limited to light physical work with the training staff as Glennon assumed the heavy load in practice.

"He can just observe today," Judge said of Jones. "Right now, he can just observe. He's in meetings. He can participate in meetings. He can be out here at practice, watch, stand behind, things of that nature. That's all he can do right now."

But with the game four days away, Judge said Jones could potentially play on Sunday.

"I would say from all the information we have, yes," Judge said. "If he's cleared medically, it would be an option.

"I'd say he's kind of on track with everything right now. He's with the trainers. He can't walk through or practice or anything with us today. He's in the meetings, he's participating in that part. We'll go through the rest of the week and kind of see where that all leads."

It could lead to the field on game day, even if Jones can't practice or his time on the field is very limited this week.

"It'd be a decision I'd have to look into in terms of where I think he is physically and mentally for the game," Judge said. "That'd be something we have in consideration. … I would not rule that out, no."

Sterling Shepard 'ready to go' amid Giants' injuries

Amid all the Giants players missing games because of injuries, wide receiver Sterling Shepard today made the welcome announcement that he will return to the field when the Giants host the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.

"I feel great. Ready to go," Shepard said after the first of the Giants' two walk-throughs. "I felt good (before last week's game in Dallas), but I think it was a little late in the week, and we decided to just sit it down for that last week. Back this week. Happy about that."

So are the Giants, who last week lost several of their most important players to injuries, including quarterback Daniel Jones, running back Saquon Barkley and wide receiver Kenny Golladay.

Shepard injured his hamstring in the first half of the Giants' loss to Atlanta on Sept. 26 (as did another wideout, Darius Slayton). He was inactive for the team's victory 10 days ago in New Orleans and the loss to the Cowboys.

The injury forced an abrupt halt to the fastest start of Shepard's six-year career. Through two games, he was in a four-way tie for the NFL receptions lead with 16 and was tied with Houston's Brandin Cooks for the league lead with seven third-down catches.

It's no mystery why Shepard said it was "really frustrating" to miss the last two games.

"You get out to a pretty good start and just want to help the team get wins and then not to be a part of the win in New Orleans, it's one of the places I've never got to play," Shepard said. "(I) really wanted to play there, and then Dallas is always a fun spot to play as well. It wasn't any fun missing those two and not being out there with the guys. But, back this week and hopefully we can get a W."

ALL IN NYG: Episode 7 - The Defensive Backs

In Episode 7 of the ALL IN NYG podcast, Antrel Rolle, Corey Webster, Deon Grant, Aaron Ross, and Kenny Phillips talk candidly about their bond and what it took to drive the team to a championship in 2011. The D-backs on this team had a special swagger about them and let both opponents and teammates know it. Re-live all the great moments both on and off the field as the Giants captured their fourth Lombardi Trophy.

The Giants will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the 2011 championship team during a special halftime ceremony during Sunday's game against the Rams.

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Tickets for 2011 10th Anniversary Celebration

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