October 1 (WNN) — New York Giants wide receivers Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton were ruled out of Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints due to hamstring injuries, the team announced Friday.
Through three games this season, Shepard has been the Giants’ lead receiver. He has recorded 18 receptions for 223 yards and one touchdown, despite dropping out in the first half of last week’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons. He has served as quarterback Daniel Jones’ top choice with 22 goals.
Slayton has recorded seven catches and one touchdown for 127 yards this season. He also went against the Falcons in the first half last week due to a hamstring problem.
Without Shepard and Slayton in the lineup, the Giants are expected to rely on free-agent takeover Kenny Gollade and first-round draft pick Kadarius Tony against the Saints’ elite defense on Sunday. New Orleans enters the matchup with the NFL’s sixth-ranked defense.
Colin Thompson is also expected to have an increased role and may debut with Goladay in New Orleans.
In addition to missing their top pass-catchers, the Giants will be without starting left guard Ben Bradson due to an arm injury, according to Team’s final injury report. It will be the fourth straight game New York’s left guard has a new starter due to injury.
Middle linebacker Tae Crowder (hamstrings), tight end Kaden Smith (knee), special team ace Nate Ebner (quad) and defensive back Keon Crossen (elbow) are all suspects for the Giants this week.