Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard broke his thumb during training camp’s first full-squad practice on Thursday, but the injury is far from the worst.
Shepard said Saturday, “This is the best case.” “If I put it wrong you have to have surgical treatment, so I missed everything. That’s a good thing. ”
Since Shepard has not relocated his thumb, there is a legitimate chance he can get back on the field for the regular season opener on September 8 against the Dallas Cowboys.
Shepard said, “I was relieved [thumb was not displaced]” p “Now, I’m giving myself a shot to be able to play Week 1. I’m doing what they tell me to do but I’m sure I’ll be able to make it.”
Wide receiver Golden Tate has a significant boost in the light of appealing wide-receiver Golden Tate, appealing a four-game PED suspension that timely returns Shepard to the regular-season opener.
Shepard’s injury early in practice came when he went to the ground trying to catch a throwing ball with quarterback Eli Manning against cornerback Janoris Jenkins.
“I was doing a curl-root,” Sheppard explained. “The ball hit my finger. I knew I had it broken. I broke this thumb before, so I know what it looked like. At first, I thought I jammed it badly but it broke.”
On Friday, one day after the injury, Sheppard was riding the wind with his teammates and going on a standalone trial with Shepard doing all the work except for actually catching passes, working side-by-side with the trainers during a personal workout, but with one hand on his trash machine. Went later to work with his unknown hand on the catches.
“I wanted to be closer to the boys,” Sheppard said. “I just don’t want to sit while passing through the camp. My legs work perfectly, so I can do pretty much everything, but catch the ball.”
Shepard is optimistic that soon he will be able to do more in practice.
“I got up there and grabbed the ball, hopefully here in a few weeks,” said Sheppard, “I’m listening to the trainers and doing everything I can. Hopefully in a few weeks, I’ll get out of this deal [splint] and be able to catch the ball.