Sterling Shepard Placed on IR by Giants with Toe Injury; Out at Least 3 Weeks

Jenna CiccotelliContributor IISeptember 23, 2020

New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) reacts to a play in the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
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New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard will miss at least the next three weeks after being placed on injured reserve because of turf toe.

The Giants announced the news Wednesday after Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network first reported Shepard was at least out for the Week 3 matchup with the San Francisco 49ers.

The 27-year-old left the Giants' Week 2 loss to the Chicago Bears with the toe injury.

In 2019, he played a career-low 10 games while going in and out of concussion protocol. He was limited to 11 games in 2017 while dealing with severe migraines, an ankle sprain and a neck injury.

As a rookie in 2016 and in 2018, Shepard appeared in all 16 games and was a crucial piece of the Giants' receiving corps. Two years ago he caught 66 of 107 targets for a career-high 872 yards and four touchdowns, and last year the Oklahoma product collected 576 yards on 57 catches with three touchdowns.

In Week 1, Shepard caught six passes for 47 yards as the Giants fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

With Shepard out, the Giants will likely rely on Evan Engram, Darius Slayton and Golden Tate, who missed Week 1 with a hamstring issue and got called for pass interference with four seconds left to play as the Giants tried to come from behind in Week 2.

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