The New York Giants‘ 17-13 Week 2 loss to the Bears wasn’t the only loss last Sunday. Head Coach Joe Judge later revealed Saquon Barkley had torn his ACL. The team would now be without their star running back for the remainder of the season. That news was devastating enough all on its own.
Well, bad luck struck the team again today. On the heels of Monday’s MRI, the Giants recently learned they will also be without top wideout Sterling Shepard. Placing him on Injured Reserve and losing him for the foreseeable future.
Ian Rappaport initially reported the Giants would be without the star receiver for their Week 3 contest with the San Francisco 49ers. Reports later revealed Shepard was headed to the IR, sidelining him for at least the next three weeks. Shep’s injured reserve designation opens a roster spot for the newly signed running back Devonta Freeman.
Sterling Shepard suffered a turf toe injury while attempting to make a catch late in the second quarter. He returned to action for one play in the third quarter, before exiting the game for good.
The team doctors diagnosed Shepard with a Grade 2 level strain, which can take two to three weeks for the initial pain to subside. Some players also require additional physical therapy in order to re-establish their range of motion, strength, and conditioning of the injured toe.
He was the Giants’ second-round pick in the 2016 draft. The fifth-year vet is the longest-tenured player on the Giants’ current roster. Shepard suffered multiple concussions in 2019 when he hauled in 56 catches for 576 yards and 3 touchdowns in the process.
Through the first six quarters of the season, Shepard hauled in 8 receptions for 76 yards. Fellow pass-catchers Darius Slayton and Evan Engram are the only Giants to receive more looks this season from Daniel Jones.