Giants' Shepard Needs Further Evaluation For Concussion Symptoms

The Wide Receiver Could Be Destined For IR

Brandon Contes
November 06, 2019 - 5:57 pm

Back in concussion protocol, New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard was sent to see a specialist in Pittsburgh for further evaluation.

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“There’s I guess gurus there for this type of injury,” Giants head coach Pat Shurmur told reporters Wednesday morning.

Shepard has not seen game action since suffering his second concussion of the season during the Giants Week 5 loss to the Vikings, Oct. 6. Following a three week absence, Big Blue’s 26-year old wide receiver was getting ready to return against the Cowboys Monday night, but recurring concussion symptoms ended that chance.

Shepard informed the Giants he wasn’t feeling well Saturday night, leading the wide-receiver to enter back into concussion protocol Sunday morning. Having already missed game action for two separate concussion’s this year, the continued effects could see Shepard land on IR.

Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard cannot catch a pass against Minnesota Vikings cornerback Mike Hughes Oct 6, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ
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While Shepard’s teammates want to see the wide-receiver return this season, they understand the importance of being cautious with head injuries.

"Selfishly, we all want him out there, because we're a better team with him out there," Golden Tate told SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano. "But as a family man with kids, I think it's way bigger than football. You've got to kind of be selfish when it comes to your head, neck and brain, I believe."

In four games this year, Shepard has 25 receptions and 267 receiving yards. 2017 was the only other season Shepard missed games during his four-year career, when he was sidelined with migraines.