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Giants WR Sterling Shepard out for season with torn ACL; teammates shaken over ‘terrible’ loss

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Sterling Shepard’s 2021 season ended early when he tore his left Achilles tendon in a December game against the Dallas Cowboys. Unfortunately, history repeats itself.

On Monday, again against the Cowboys, Shepard suffered another serious injury. In the final shot of the Giants game, Shepard stopped on the course and grabbed his left knee. He was not moved by the play. He fell to the ground in sheer pain and eventually left the field in a cart. This was announced on Tuesday by head coach Brian Daboll. Shepard tore his cruciate ligament and was out of action for the entire season.

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This season-ending injury was another brutal blow to one of the franchise’s most beloved players. Prior to the achilles rupture, Shepard’s 2020 campaign was limited to seven games due to injury. Now his comeback appears to have been cut short just three games after working to prepare for Week 1. His contract expires when he agreed to cancel the last year of his deal.

Shepard has spent all of his six-plus seasons in New York since the Giants selected him in the second round of the 2016 draft. He’s been there long enough actually played in a playoff game in Giants uniform. They are admired in 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 spoke about the injury and how much Shepard means to the team.

“It’s just really hard to be sure,” quarterback Daniel Jones said. “The guy who works so hard is struggling with injury last year. I sympathize with him as a teammate, a close friend. Yes, it’s hard to see.”

Fellow wide receiver Kenny Golladay told reporters that after seeing Shepard fall, “I was suffocated.”

“That’s my brother,” said Golladay. “I know how much he did to get back to the game. It was ready in the first week. He just comes with a lot of energy on the sidelines, in training, in the conference room.

“It hurt me when I saw him fall like this, clutching his knee. I’m still in pain – I almost suffocated, to be honest. Just because I know I’ve grown a relationship with him and I know how much he’s actually invested and how much he really cares about it.”

Left tackle Andrew Thomas called the injury “heartbreaking”.

Daball, who just completed his third game as Giants coach, told reporters, “I’m just terribly sorry for this guy.”

New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (3) warms up before an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Monday, September 26, 2022, in East Rutherford, NJ. (AP Photo/Steve Luciano)
New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (3) warms up before an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Monday, September 26, 2022, in East Rutherford, NJ. (AP Photo/Steve Luciano)




Source: sports.yahoo.com

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