Sterling Shepard Returns to Concussion Protocol

Second Concussion Of Season For Giants WR

Alec Gearty
October 07, 2019 - 4:40 pm
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Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard is back in concussion protocol. 

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Shepard, who was diagnosed with the head injury earlier in the season, sustained a concussion in New York's 28-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. There's no clear indictation when Shepard was concussed, but was he shaken up after a missed catch during the third quarter. He was set to resume playing until the team called for Shepard's evaluation. The wide receiver spent a few moments inside the Giants' medical tent before he eventually returned to the field.

In the morning following the loss, Shepard reportedly started showing concussion symptoms when he reported to the Giants' facility. He didn't practice on Monday and was promptly placed in concussion protocol. He's expected to miss "a while," according to multiple reports. 

It's the second reported concussion of Shepard's short season thus far. The 26-year-old suffered a concussion against the Cowboys in Week 1, but was still permitted to play by the Giants' coaching staff. Despite Shepard visibly struggling to get back to his feet, he was not removed from the contest — a decision that was heavily scrutinized. The NFL conducted a review of its concussion protocol as a result. He missed one game due to the injury. 

“They tried to send someone in there for me and I just kind of waved them off," Shepard said in September, via Fox News. "Ultimately, it's my decision, I guess, to say to stay in."

The Giants' wide receiver corps isn't entirely diminished unlike the last time Shepard was sidelined. Golden Tate, who was suspended for the team's first four games, returned against Minnesota. He caught three passes for 13 yards in his Big Blue debut while Quarterback Daniel Jones' chemistry with rookie WR Darius Slayton rapidly progresses. Slayton led the Giants with 64 yards and a touchdown on four catches in the loss.