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Signs point to Olivier Vernon playing Thursday night; Evan Engram ruled out


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants today declared two players out of their game tomorrow night against the Philadelphia Eagles. But linebacker Olivier Vernon is not on the final injury report, indicating he will make his 2018 debut against the defending Super Bowl champion.

Tight end Evan Engram (knee) and wide receiver Russell Shepard (neck) will not play. Neither player would have practiced today. Practice participation is projected because the team went through a jog thru.

Engram, who earlier in the week expressed hope he might play against the Eagles, will miss his third consecutive game. Shepard has played in every game and has four receptions for 61 yards, including three for 52 last Sunday at Carolina.

Vernon missed the first five games with an ankle injury he suffered in practice on Aug. 26.

Tight end Rhett Ellison is questionable with a foot injury.

Ellison and Vernon were limited in practice today, as was kicker Aldrick Rosas (quad), who did not work the previous two days.