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Evan Engram, Sterling Shepard out for Sunday's game

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*Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram are out of Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins: *

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants will play their season finale Sunday without their two leading receivers.

Rookie tight end Evan Engram (rib) and wide receiver Sterling Shepard (neck) were declared out of the Giants' home game against the Washington Redskins. They were each hurt last week in Arizona. Wide receiver Tavarres King (concussion) will also miss the game.


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Engram, the Giants' first-round draft choice this year, played in each of the season's first 15 games, starting 11. He has team-high totals of 64 receptions and six touchdown catches, and his 722 yards are second on the team.

"He really wanted to (play) and when I say that, his mind wanted to, but his body is not going to let him right now," interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo said.

The other tight ends on the roster – Rhett Ellison and Jerell Adams – have combined for 27 catches and two scores.

Shepard will miss his fifth game of the season. He previously sat out two with an ankle injury and two because of migraine headaches. Shepard has a team-high 731 receiving yards and is second with 59 receptions. He has scored two touchdowns.

Without Shepard and King, the Giants' available wide receivers will be Roger Lewis, Jr., Travis Rudolph, Hunter Sharp, Kalif Raymond, and Marquis Bundy, who was signed off the practice squad this week.

"It's a great opportunity for these young guys," Spagnuolo said. "I thought a couple of those guys had a real good practice today. I hope that carries over."

*The Giants also listed three players as questionable: tackles Ereck Flowers (groin) and Bobby Hart (ankle), and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (back/finger/ankle).

*Spagnuolo briefly welcomed new general manager Dave Gettleman. The two men worked together from 2007-08, during Spagnuolo's first stint with the Giants.

"He's a joy to work with," Spagnuolo said. "Down to earth, football guy, knows ball. Talks football, loves football and I can appreciate that. I like being around people like that."

Gettleman and Spagnuolo are both Massachusetts natives.

"At least I know now that I got one other person that understands my Boston accent," Spagnuolo said. "We can both be speaking the same language."

Team president John Mara and Gettleman both said today that Spagnuolo will be a candidate for the head coaching job. Spagnuolo repeated what he's been saying, that he doesn't want to address that until the season is over.

"I've said this before and I do stick to this, I put the blinders on and I'm focused on one thing," Spagnuolo said. "It's nice to know that that's said, but we'll worry about that when the time comes. I'll say it again, it's all in the Good Lord's hands, and I'm good with that."

*Backup quarterback Geno Smith was excused from practice because, as Spagnuolo said, "He's going to be a dad here soon."

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