Sterling Shepard, a dependable wide receiver for the Giants, suffered an injury late in the Week 3 “Monday Night Football” game against the Cowboys on a non-contact play.
On Monday night, the Giants suffered their first defeat of the year, but a late defeat on the field might be worse.
Before Shepard’s injury, the Giants’ wide receiver room was already in disarray. A trade for Kenny Golladay is said to be in the works, while 2021 first-round draught pick Kadarius Toney has struggled to gain regular playing time.
On the game’s final Giants offensive possession, Shepard looked to suffer a left leg injury and had to be helped off the field.
Depending on how serious it is, Shepard’s injury might force one or both players onto the field in the upcoming week.
Here is the newest information on Shepard’s injury:
Update on Sterling Shepard’s injuries
Shepard suffered an injury on a non-contact play late in the fourth quarter of the Giants-Cowboys “MNF” game. The wideout would clutch his left knee before being carried off the field on a cart.
There wasn’t an official upgrade for Shepard right away. Brian Daboll, the head coach of the Giants, stated after the game that Shepard would undergo testing and would know more about the extent of the injury on Tuesday morning.
Uncertainty surrounds Shepard’s injury, but if it’s serious, it will be the latest in a string of lower-body wounds for the wide receiver. Shepard contended with a turf toe in 2020 and an Achilles tear in Week 15 of 2021, which led to him being placed on injured reserve.
Shepard was injured away from the throw as Trevon Diggs intercepted Daniel Jones to give the Cowboys the victory. He had to be carried off the field since he was clearly in pain, but not before several team players gathered around him to send him their good wishes.
Shepard ended with five catches for 49 yards as the game’s top receiver for New York.
The Giants have had the Oklahoma product for the entirety of his career since they took him in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft. With five seasons of more than 500 receiving yards, including when he recorded 872 in 2018, he has been fairly reliable even though he has never been a game-changing No. 1 option.
However, lately, durability has become a problem.
He played just seven games last season due to an Achilles injury, and he hasn’t played more than 12 games since the 2018 season. After Monday’s setback, it appears he may miss additional time this year.
Given the necessity for another wide receiver to make up for Shepard’s output loss, a protracted absence for Shepard will probably bring the Kenny Golladay situation to even greater attention.
Golladay told reporters on Wednesday that he has primarily been a non-factor this season: “I’m here to have fun. They must also be paying me to play, I’m pretty sure. I think they want to see more. Really, I don’t like it or agree with it. However, I can only exert control over what I can, which is daily attendance at work.”
Shepard’s injury may give him a better chance to play for a 2-1 Giants squad that still has a chance to contend in the NFC.
Shepard has endured rib injuries and numerous concussions throughout his career.