Giants’ Sterling Shepard full participant in Monday’s practice
Giants report that Sterling Shepard "practiced fully" today. That indicates that he's back to the final stage of the concussion protocol. Last time he reached this point, he was cleared to play but then reported a return of symptoms and was held out for two weeks.
— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) November 18, 2019
The 26-year-old Oklahoma product is going through the NFL’s concussion protocol after sustaining the head injury in the early season, subsequently missing the next five games for the G-Men. Sterling signed a four-year extension with the NFC East club in the offseason—worth $41 million over four years—so it behooves New York to take care of its latest receiving investment.
The Giants are coming off of their bye week and play the down-on-their-luck Chicago Bears in the Windy City in Week 12. Sterling is on the right track to return for that game and help out rookie quarterback Daniel Jones.
Per Peter Botte in the New York Post, head coach Pat Shurmur spoke about both Shepard and veteran cornerback Janoris Jenkins’ status:
“They’re still going through it, so we’ll see what the week brings,” Pat Shurmur said after practice. “But we’re encouraged that they’ll make it through.”
Shepard has 25 receptions for 267 yards and one touchdown in four games this season, with some help alleviated for the Giants in his absence by Golden Tate’s presence on the team (following an initial four-game suspension). New York is also supporting in the receiving corps by breakout tight end Evan Engram and fifth-round rookie wideout Darius Slayton, who have combine to rack up nearly 900 receiving yards in eight games.
Shepard could be back very soon for the Giants, should he avoid any setbacks like he has in the past while dealing with a concussion.