On Monday — again against the Cowboys — Shepard appeared to suffer another significant injury. On the Giants’ final drive of the game, Shepard tripped and sprained his left knee. He was not affected by the game. He fell to the ground in obvious pain and eventually left the field on a cart.
The Giants did not issue a further investigation. A 23-16 loss. But head coach Brian Daboll admits this “It doesn’t look good.” A season-ending injury would mark another brutal blow to the franchise’s most beloved players.
Prior to the Achilles tear, Sheppard’s 2020 campaign was limited to seven games due to injury. Now, after just three games to work to get ready for Week 1, his return is cut short, and his contract will expire after that. He agreed to reject the last year of the agreement.
The Giants in 2011 Shepard played his entire 6-plus season career with New York after they selected him in the second round of the 2016 draft. He’s been around long enough He played perfectly in the playoffs in a Giants uniform.. He is admired around the league. As soon as he got on the cart, players from both teams approached him to pay their respects.
After the game, Giants players talked about the injury and how much Shepard meant to the team.
“It’s definitely tough to watch,” quarterback Daniel Jones said. “A person who works very hard, after fighting with injuries last year, I feel like a teammate, my best friend. Yes, this is difficult to see.”
Along with the wide receiver Kenny Golladay He told reporters that seeing Shepard go down “suffocated me.”
“This is my brother,” said Golladay. “I know everything he’s done to get back to playing. He was ready Week 1. He comes into practice with a lot of energy throughout the meeting room.
“It hurt me to see him go down with his knee. It still hurts – it almost choked me up a bit to be completely honest. Just because I know – I’ve been in a relationship with him and I know what it’s like. He really puts it in and how much he cares.
“I feel really sorry for the guy,” Daboll, in his third game as Giants coach, told reporters.
The Giants expect to know more about the injury after a tryout on Tuesday.