Ben McAdoo: Sterling Shepard appears to have a sprained ankle
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo on Wednesday afternoon provided an encouraging update concerning the status of Sterling Shepard. McAdoo told reporters that preliminary examinations indicate the Giants wide receiver suffered a sprained ankle.
McAdoo said contact did not precipitate the injury and that Shepard “put his foot in the ground and rolled his ankle” during a one-on-one drill.
“We’ll all know more when I go in and we take it a look at it,” McAdoo said after practice via NJ.com. “But at this point, it just looks like he has a sprained ankle.”
Given how serious it looked when Shepard went down during Wednesday’s morning practice, it’s safe to say that if it does end up only being an ankle sprain, the Giants ought to breathe a sigh of relief. After all, Shepard not only was carted off the field following the injury, he reportedly was in tears as it occurred.
Sterling Shepard getting carted off the field. Not clear what happened, but trainers appeared to be checking his right leg. pic.twitter.com/Zc017SKjb8
— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) August 2, 2017
Sterling Shepard was looked at on sideline. He's in serious pain. Taken off on cart. Apparently in tears. Not good. pic.twitter.com/AUFeOTBQFx
— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) August 2, 2017
Shepard is expected to be a major contributor to the Giants offense this upcoming season. After posting a standout rookie season where he made 65 receptions for 683 yards and eight touchdowns, Shepard is expected to be part of a three-headed monster at the wide receiver position alongside Odell Beckham Jr. and newcomer Brandon Marshall.
McAdoo wouldn’t say when Shepard is expected to be back.
“We’ll see how he responds to treatment and we’ll go from there,” McAdoo said.