Sterling Shepard

New York Giants
Wide Receiver #87
New York Giants
Wide Receiver #87
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Sterling Shepard News

Heads to IR, done for season

The Giants placed Shepard (Achilles) on injured reserve Monday.

Analysis: Shepard's move to season-ending injured reserve was fully expected after he was diagnosed with a torn left Achilles' tendon following his early exit in Sunday's 21-6 loss to the Cowboys. Given the nature of his injury, Shepard will likely require surgery and miss the Giants' entire spring program, and his availability for the beginning of the 2022 season could be in question as well. The sixth-year wideout suited up in just seven games during an injury plagued 2021 campaign, finishing with 36 receptions for 366 yards and a touchdown on 53 targets.

Dec 20, 2021 1:44 PM EST


Suffers torn Achilles

Shepard suffered a torn Achilles' during Sunday's loss to the Cowboys, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Per ESPN's Jordan Raanan it was a non-contact injury for Shepard, who is presumably destined for IR in the coming days. In his absence down the stretch, Kenny Golladay and Darius Slayton currently profile as the Giants' top healthy wideout options.

Dec 19, 2021 2:00 PM EST



Cleared for Sunday

Shepard (calf) is active for Sunday's game against the Cowboys.

Analysis: Shepard was added to the injury report Friday after the calf issue limited his reps in practice, resulting in him taking a questionable designation into the weekend. Though hamstring and quadriceps injuries have prevented Shepard from playing in seven games this season, his latest lower-body concern won't force an absence. In his return to the lineup for last week's loss to the Chargers, Shepard played 81 percent of the offensive snaps and finished with two receptions for 27 yards on four targets. Expect Shepard to take on a similar workload Sunday.

Dec 19, 2021 8:44 AM EST


Questionable with calf injury

Shepard was added to the injury report Friday with a calf injury and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Dallas, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.

Analysis: The late-week addition is cause for concern, even with the Giants listing Shepard as a limited participant on their Friday practice estimate (the session was just a walk-through). The veteran wide receiver caught two of four targets for 27 yards in last week's loss to the Chargers, playing 81 percent of snaps on offense in his first game back from a five-week absence caused by a quad injury. Shepard also missed time with a hamstring strain earlier this year, with lower-body injuries a recurring theme for him the past three years. An absence this Sunday could leave Pharoh Cooper as the Giants' slot receiver, with Colin Johnson also a candidate to take on snaps alongside Kenny Golladay and Darius Slayton.

Dec 17, 2021 11:01 AM EST


Modest showing

Shepard caught two passes for 27 yards on four targets against the Chargers on Sunday.

Analysis: Shepard couldn't get much going in this one, his first game since Week 8, but it's probably less a reflection of Shepard's play and more a credit to the Chargers pass defense. That Mike Glennon was in at quarterback instead of Daniel Jones (neck) didn't help matters, either. Shepard should be in a good spot to build on these numbers when he faces Dallas in Week 15, especially if Jones can return by then.

Dec 12, 2021 5:45 PM EST



First appearance since Week 8

Shepard (quadriceps) is active for Sunday's road game against the Chargers, Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Analysis: Shepard is putting an end to a four-game absence due to a strained left quadriceps. In his return, he'll join forces with Kenny Golladay (ribs) at the top of the Giants' receiving corps that will be without rookie Kadarius Toney (oblique) for a third straight contest. In five appearances this season, Shepard has been fairly productive with a 32-324-1 line on 43 targets, but the Chargers defense is formidable, having given up 7.9 yards per catch (14th lowest in the NFL) and six touchdowns (second fewest) in 12 outings.

Dec 12, 2021 11:45 AM EST


Likely to end four-game absence

Shepard (quadriceps) is expected to play in Sunday's game against the Chargers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Shepard has been sidelined by the injury for the last four games, though he appears in line to take the field Sunday after logging three limited practices. If he is active, Shepard will likely share the field with Kenny Golladay (ribs) and Darius Slayton in three-wide receiver sets. Prior to suffering the injury, Shepard occupied a major role in the Giants' offense, racking up 32 receptions across five contests. Though reports are positive regarding Shepard's status, but sure to check in when official inactives are announced prior to the team's 4:05 P.M. ET kickoff.

Dec 11, 2021 10:07 PM EST


Questionable for Week 14

Shepard (quadriceps) is listed as questionable for Sunday's road contest versus the Chargers, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: The Giants also deemed Kenny Golladay (ribs) as questionable, but Dan Duggan of The Athletic is of the belief that both Golladay and Shepard are in line to suit up this weekend. With Kadarius Toney (oblique) sidelined again, Shepard would serve as one of the team's top wide receivers in his first game action since Week 8, if he's considered active. Such a decision will become known about 90 minutes before Sunday's 4:05 p.m. ET kickoff.

Dec 10, 2021 2:10 PM EST


Remains limited at practice

Shepard (ankle) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: The same can be said for Kenny Golladay (ribs) and Kadarius Toney (oblique) as the Giants get closer to having their top trio of wide receivers available to the offense for the first time since Week 5. After Thursday's session, Shepard relayed to Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com that he's "very optimistic" he'll put an end to a four-game absence Sunday at the Chargers, but the Giants likely want to see how he reacts to another day of on-field work before making a determination about his Week 14 availability Friday.

Dec 9, 2021 2:18 PM EST


Limited on practice estimate

Shepard (quadriceps) was listed as limited on Wednesday's estimated injury report, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Shepard earned a limited listing on the Giants' last two Week 13 reports, but he was considered doubtful to play and eventually was inactive this past Sunday at Miami. Among New York's top three wide receivers, he was the only one to fit in some reps Wednesday, as both Kenny Golladay (ribs) and Kadarius Toney (oblique) didn't participate. Consequently, if Shepard puts himself into a position to suit up Sunday at the Chargers, he could serve as the team's No. 1 WR.

Dec 8, 2021 12:27 PM EST


Not playing Sunday

Shepard (quadriceps) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Though Shepard closed the week with a pair of limited practice sessions, he was listed as doubtful heading into the weekend before ultimately landing on the inactive list for the fourth game in a row. Due to the length of his absence, Shepard may need to upgrade to full participation in practice at some point during the upcoming week to have a shot at suiting up in the Giants' next game Dec. 12 against the Chargers. With Kadarius Toney (quadriceps/oblique) also inactive Sunday, the Giants are left with wideouts Kenny Golladay and Darius Slayton, tight end Evan Engram and running back Saquon Barkley as the main pass-catching options for quarterback Mike Glennon.

Dec 5, 2021 8:45 AM EST


Listed as doubtful

Shepard (quadriceps) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against Miami, Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Analysis: The same goes for Kadarius Toney (oblique/quad), while starting QB Daniel Jones (neck) is ruled out. Pharoh Cooper filled in as the No. 3 WR last week after being called up from the practice squad, but John Ross quad/illness) and Collin Johnson could also be options for the role this Sunday in Miami.

Dec 3, 2021 11:19 AM EST


Not looking good for Sunday

Shepard (quad) doesn't appear likely to play Sunday in Miami, according to Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com.

Analysis: It sounds like he isn't doing much at Friday's practice after returning Thursday as a limited participant. With Kadarius Toney (oblique/quad) a step behind Shepard and QB Daniel Jones (neck) now expected to miss time, it'll likely be Mike Glennon throwing passes to Kenny Golladay, Darius Slayton and Evan Engram come Sunday. There's also an opportunity for depth players like John Ross (illness), Collin Johnson and Kyle Rudolph (ankle) to see extra snaps/targets, but in a difficult matchup against a hot defense with a backup QB at the helm.

Dec 3, 2021 9:30 AM EST


Limited in return to practice

Shepard (quadriceps) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.

Analysis: The limited showing marks Shepard's first recorded practice activity since suffering the quad injury in the Giants' Nov. 1 loss to the Chiefs. Because Shepard missed four weeks and three games due to the injury, the Giants will likely need to see him practice fully Friday in order for him to avoid taking a designation into Sunday's game against the Dolphins. At any rate, Shepard appears to be in a better spot in his recovery from a quad injury than fellow wideout Kadarius Toney, who was a non-participant in Thursday's session while mostly working off to the side with trainers, per Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York. Shepard, meanwhile, stretched with his healthy teammates and took part in some individual work during the open portion of Thursday's practice.

Dec 2, 2021 12:12 PM EST


Not practicing yet

Shepard (quad) didn't practice Wednesday, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Shepard and Kadarius Toney (quad) remain limited to side work with the training staff, while depth wideout John Ross is now out from practice with an illness. The Giants do have two experienced starters healthy in Kenny Golladay and Darius Slayton, but they'd surely love to have at least one of Toney or Shepard back in the lineup. It's unclear if that'll happen this Sunday at Miami, as both injured wideouts continue to miss practice.

Dec 1, 2021 12:18 PM EST


Ruled out again due to quad

Shepard (quadriceps) won't play Sunday against the Eagles, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Shepard will miss a third consecutive game as a result of this injury. In addition to missing Shepard, the Giants will likely be without Kadarius Toney, who's listed as doubtful due to a quadriceps injury of his own. Kenny Golladay is New York's top healthy wide receiver for this clash of NFC East rivals.

Nov 26, 2021 12:51 PM EST


Doesn't practice Thursday

Shepard (quadriceps) was a non-participant on Thursday's injury report.

Analysis: Since straining his left quadriceps Nov. 1 at Kansas City, Shepard hasn't practiced and fortunately has missed only two games due to the Giants' bye landing in Week 10. There was a positive development Wednesday when he joined his position mates on the side prior to practice, but he's yet to mix into any drills. Both Shepard and Kadarius Toney (quadriceps) have logged DNPs this week, so Kenny Golladay and Darius Slayton are the healthiest of the team's top four wide receivers at the moment.

Nov 25, 2021 3:23 PM EST


No practice reps Wednesday

Shepard (quadriceps) was listed as a non-participant on Wednesday's practice report, Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Analysis: While he officially didn't log any on-field activity Wednesday, Shepard was spotted with the wide receivers on the side, per Rosenblatt. The development may indicate Shepard is closing in on a return to practice, and he'll have two more opportunities to do so before week's end. Kadarius Toney (quadriceps) also didn't practice to kick off Week 12 prep, so the Giants' receiving corps remains compromised on the health front.

Nov 24, 2021 10:36 AM EST


Won't play Monday

Shepard (quadriceps) will not play Monday against the Buccaneers, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Shepard failed to practice all week so this designation wasn't surprising. Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney and Darius Slayton will once again take over at the top three pass catchers, with the possibility of running back Saquon Barkley (ankle) also mixing into the target-share equation if he sheds his questionable designation in time for the prime-time matchup.

Nov 20, 2021 9:55 AM EST


Held out of practice Friday

Shepard (quadriceps) didn't practice Friday, Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Analysis: While Shepard missed another practice, Dan Duggan of The Athletic notes that the slot receiver appeared to do more individual work Friday than Thursday, perhaps hinting at some progress. Duggan also refers to Shepard as a "long shot" for Monday's game in Tampa Bay, likely leaving Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney and Darius Slayton as the Giants' clear top three at wide receiver.

Nov 19, 2021 11:54 AM EST


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