Tuesday's NFL injury and roster news for Week 7

The Giants are getting one of their best weapons back.

Wide receiver Sterling Shepard is practicing Tuesday, and the hope is he'll play Thursday against the Eagles, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported.

The fifth-year wideout led the Giants in receiving in 2019 and has caught eight of 10 targets from Daniel Jones this season, including a team-high six passes in the season opener.

Shepard has been sidelined since suffering a turf toe injury in Week 2 and was placed on injured reserve soon after. He's been designated to return two days before New York takes on Philadelphia. The NFC East rivals have one win apiece yet sit just a win behind the first-place Cowboys.

Rookie linebacker Tae Crowder, who had a fumble recovery for a touchdown in the Giants' win over Washington on Sunday, was placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. His roster spot will be filled by defensive end Jabaal Sheard, who terminated his practice squad contract with the Jaguars to join the Giants.

Here's other news, injuries and transactions we're tracking on Tuesday:

  • Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory, who was conditionally reinstated in September, is now officially back on the Cowboys roster as he was removed from the Commissioner's Exempt List, according to a team report via the transaction wire. Gregory, who has not played since Week 17 of 2018, is eligible to return Sunday against Washington. He was previously cleared to practice with the team two weeks prior. In addition, the Cowboys waived WR Ventell Bryant and DB Saivion Smith. Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said Pro Bowl guard Zack Martin's status won't be known until later in the week. Martin left Monday night's game with a head injury. Cowboys left tackle Brandon Knight injured his left knee Monday and had surgery on Tuesday, McCarthy said. McCarthy said it would be at least "a couple of weeks." Knight has been starting in place of the injured Tyron Smith, who is out for the season with a neck injury.
  • Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said linebacker Devin Bush will undergo surgery for his torn ACL on Wednesday.
  • Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey isn't expected to play Sunday against the Saints, Garafolo and NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported. The All-Pro has been sidelined since suffering a high-ankle sprain in Week 2. While CMC is close to returning, Carolina is being cautious in hopes of having him healthy for next Thursday's game versus the Falcons, Pelissero added. The Panthers placed safety Juston Burris and wide receiver Keith Kirkwood on injured reserve and elevated safety Kenny Robinson and offensive lineman Sam Tecklenburg from their practice squad.
  • Baltimore Ravens running back Mark Ingram underwent an MRI that showed a mid-to-high ankle sprain that is not considered severe, Pelissero reported per a source. With the Ravens on their bye week, coach John Harbaugh said Ingram is likely to be available against the Steelers on Nov. 1.
  • The Miami Dolphins recently tried to sign defensive tackle Damon Harrison off the Seahawks' practice squad but the veteran lineman declined, per Pelissero. Harrison, aiming to join Seattle's active roster, also turned down an opportunity to play for the Buccaneers.
  • The Philadelphia Eagles held a walk-through Tuesday in advance of Thursday's game against the Giants. Offensive tackle Lane Johnson, who sat out Week 6 with an ankle injury, was upgraded to limited in the estimated report.
  • The Chicago Bears have signed linebacker Manti Te'o to their practice squad, the team announced.
  • The Buccaneers' trade for defensive tackle Steve McLendon has been finalized. Tampa Bay is sending the New York Jets a 2022 sixth-round pick for McLendon and a 2023 seventh-round pick. The Bucs also waived wide receiver John Hurst, signed defensive lineman Kobe Smith to the practice squad and removed safety D'Cota Dixon from it.
  • The Cleveland Browns signed rookie cornerback Prince Smith to their practice squad.
  • The Washington Football Team announced guard Joshua Garnett, a 2016 first-round pick for the 49ers, has retired and defensive end Casey Toohill is joining the active roster.
  • The Indianapolis Colts signed safety Ibraheim Campbell to their practice squad and released cornerback Christian Angulo from it.
  • The Detroit Lions released wide receiver Joe Webb from their practice squad.
  • The Los Angeles Rams signed kicker Kai Forbath off the Bears' practice squad and placed linebacker Ogbo Okoronkwo (elbow) on injured reserve.
  • The New York Jets placed linebacker Frankie Luvu (groin) on IR.
  • The Tennessee Titans activated tight end MyCole Pruitt to the active roster and defensive back Breon Borders to the practice squad from the reserve/COVID-19 list. They also added tight end Parker Hesse to the practice squad and removed defensive backs Greg Mabin and Maurice Smith.
  • The Atlanta Falcons signed linebacker Pita Taumoepenu and safety Shyheim Carter to their practice squad and released safety J.J. Wilcox from it.
  • Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott said offensive lineman Cody Ford (knee), cornerback Cam Lewis (wrist) and linebacker Tyrel Dodson (hamstring), each of whom went down in Monday's loss to the Chiefs, are week to week.
  • The Arizona Cardinals signed offensive lineman Rick Leonard to their practice squad and activated running back D.J. Foster and tight end Justin Johnson from the practice squad IR list. They also released safety Kentrell Brice, cornerback Jalen Davis and T.J. Ward from the practice squad.
  • The Las Vegas Raiders have designated quarterback Marcus Mariota to return from injured reserve and signed defensive lineman David Irving to their practice squad.
  • The Denver Broncos released defensive lineman Timmy Jernigan.
  • The Houston Texans signed receiver Damion Ratley to the practice squad and released defensive tackle Ryan Glasgow from the practice squad.
  • The Green Bay Packers placed cornerback Parry Nickerson (hamstring) on injured reserve and released wide receiver Kalija Lipscomb from the practice squad.

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