Just a few days into training camp, there was officially cause for concern for the New York Giants</a.
Second-year wide receiver Sterling Shepard was carted off of the practice field in visible pain on Wednesday. He appeared to hurt his leg during a one-on-one drill between receivers and members of the Giants’ secondary, reporters at the practice said.
But now, it appears Giants fans can take a huge sigh of relief. New York coach Ben McAdoo told reporters after practice that Shepard simply rolled his ankle.
Reporters at the practice said team doctors were examining Shepard’s leg, and ESPN’s Jordan Raanan said Shepard looked to be in tears while being carted off by medical personnel.
He was subsequently taken into the facility and was examined by team doctors.
Before taking the practice field Wednesday, Shepard took the time to wish his mother a happy birthday on Instagram.
The 24-year old was the No. 40 overall selection in the 2016 NFL Draft out of the University of Oklahoma. Playing mainly out of the slot position, he impressed many during his rookie season for the Giants. He was named a starting receiver right out of training camp and made an impact in the team’s first game against the Dallas Cowboys.
Shepard nabbed three Eli Manning passes for 43 yards and caught his first-career touchdown in the game, helping the Giants to a 20-19 victory against the division-rival Cowboys.
Shepard finished the season with 65 receptions for 683 yards and 8 receiving touchdowns and was named to the Pro Football Writers Association’s All-Rookie Team.