Giants activate WR Sterling Shepard ahead of Thursday night matchup with Eagles

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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – SEPTEMBER 20: Sterling Shepard #87 of the New York Giants is hit by Buster Skrine #24 of the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on September 20, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The New York Giants have activated veteran Sterling Shepard from injured reserve to shore up their receiving group for Thursday night’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Giants announced the move earlier in the day, when they also activated first-year pro and fellow wideout Alex Bachman and linebacker Trent Harris from the practice squad.

The Giants were going to be without C.J. Board for the game because of a concussion and fellow receiver Darius Slayton has been bothered by a foot injury for the past 1 1/2 weeks. The only other receivers on the active roster were Golden Tate and rookie Austin Mack.

Shepard missed the past four games after suffering turf toe at Chicago on Sept. 27. He had eight receptions for 76 yards in the first two games.

Shepard has started 54 of the 55 regular-season games in which he’s played and has 255 career receptions for 2,838 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Bachman has not played in an NFL regular-season game.

Harris played in 11 games for the Miami Dolphins last season. He was active this past Sunday but did not play.

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