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Sources: Initial tests show that Sterling Shepard, New York Giants’ WR, has sustained a serious knee injury

Sterling Shepard

Sources: Initial tests show that Sterling Shepard, New York Giants’ WR, has sustained a serious knee injury
EAST RUTHERFORD (N.J.) — New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard sustained what multiple sources have described as a serious left knee injury. Shepard was initially tested following Monday’s game against Dallas Cowboys.

The non-contact injury occurred in the last minutes of New York’s 23-16 defeat to Dallas. Shepard will be given a final diagnosis Tuesday morning. However, the fear is that Shepard’s season may be over.

Shepard is the Giants’ leading receiver with 154 yards in three games. He also has played the most snaps (157) of all Giants receivers.

Shepard, 29 years old, had been carrying a heavy workload in the early part of this season. As a result, he was granted a maintenance day Wednesday.

Shepard was running near the right sideline while Shepard sustained the injury. Players from both teams came to his aid and he limped onto the cart.

“It’s tough. It’s hard. It’s difficult not to get choked about it,” Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton stated of the injury. He’s been there since the day I was drafted. As a young man, he’s done a lot. It was hard to watch him get off the Achilles last summer and go through rehab for the whole year.

Shepard lay on the ground, writhing in pain.

“It’s difficult,” stated Saquon Barkley running back, Shepard’s closest friend. “I would have to say that I’m the largest competitor, but I was shocked when Shep fell. It was obvious that it was a pick. But when I saw him lying on the ground, I wasn’t going to let go of him. It was hard. I fell, said a quick prayer, and then it was over. It’s difficult to get back from injuries like he has recently. To go down on a play such as that is a hard way to end an emotionally charged game.

The Giants (2-1), lost their first game of the season, and the 10th time in 11 games against their division rivals.

Shepard has been with the Giants for most of those losses. He is the Giants’ longest-tenured player. Since being picked in the second round of 2016’s NFL draft from the University of Oklahoma, he has been with the Giants since that time.

To stay in the Giants’ area, the veteran receiver had to take a pay cut. This is the latest blow to a career which has been off-track in recent years.

Shepard has been a consistent performer for the Giants. He hasn’t been on the field long enough to fix this problem.

He will miss at least four games this year due to injuries. This is likely to be his fourth consecutive year. In the past, he’s had to deal with Achilles, quad and hamstring injuries, as well as concussions. It’s now his knee.

Daboll stated, “I feel terrible for him.”

Shepard was able, in less than eight months, to recover from his Achilles injury. He was a good performer in practice and returned to action on Sept. 11 against Tennessee. He was able to catch a 65-yard touchdown during that game.

Shepard has 362 career catch for 4,038 yards with 22 touchdowns.

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