Sterling Shepard out a while with concussion issues

Sterling Shepard out a while with concussion issues

October 7, 2019

More bad news for the Giants, as they will be without Sterling Shepard, their top wide receiver, for Thursday night’s game against the Patriots at Gillette Stadium and for the foreseeable future.

Shepard is in the concussion protocol once again, and a second concussion in four weeks means the Giants will monitor Shepard closely and he will not allowed to return to the field for quite some time. Shepard missed the second game of the season, against the Bills, after sustaining a concussion in the opener at Dallas.

Shepard played 56 of the 69 offensive snaps in this past Sunday’s 28-10 loss to the Vikings. He arrived at the team facility Monday morning and, according to a source, displayed symptoms to the Giants’ medical staff. That landed him back in the protocol.

Shepard late in the third quarter got his helmet spun around by cornerback Xavier Rhodes attempting to haul in a deep pass from Daniel Jones that fell incomplete. He came off the field, was checked out and then allowed to return to the game. The Giants were criticized for how they handled Shepard in the opening game, as he was given the go-ahead to return to the game even though he showed signs of being in distress.

This leaves an already-depleted offense further diminished. Running back Saquon Barkley missed the past two games with a high ankle sprain and, although he is making remarkable progress, he is likely to not be given clearance to play against the Patriots. The Giants last week welcomed back Golden Tate after he served a four-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Tate played 46 snaps in his Giants debut, caught three passes for 13 yards and afterward said he hoped his role will increase. Now, it will, by default, without Shepard. Rookie receiver Darius Slayton caught a 35-yard touchdown pass against the Vikings and he and veteran Cody Latimer will be given increased work.

Shepard has 25 receptions for 267 yards and one touchdown. Tight end Evan Engram leads the team with 33 receptions.

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