On Monday — again against the Cowboys — Shepard sustained another significant injury. On the final Giants snap of the game, Shepard pulled up on a route and clutched his left knee. He wasn't touched on the play. He fell to the ground in obvious pain and eventually left the field on a cart. Head coach Brian Daboll announced Tuesday that Shepard tore his ACL and would be out for the season.
That looks bad for Sterling Shepard pic.twitter.com/GYXjvttmNq
— Bobby Skinner (@BobbySkinner_) September 27, 2022
This season-ending injury marks another brutal blow for one of the franchise's most beloved players. Prior to his Achilles tear, Shepard's 2020 campaign was limited to seven games because of injury. Now his comeback appears to be cut short just three games in after he worked to be ready for Week 1. His contract is expiring after he agreed to void the final year of his deal.
Shepard's played his entire six-plus season career in New York since the Giants selected him in the second round of the 2016 draft. He's been there long enough to have actually played in a playoff game in a Giants uniform. He's admired around the league. As soon as he got on the cart, players from both teams approached him to pay their respect.
Cowboys and Giants players both huddled around Sterling Shepard after his injury 🙏❤️ pic.twitter.com/I5HlvC7vLs
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 27, 2022
After the game, Giants players spoke about the injury and how much Shepard means to the team.
— Giants Videos (@SNYGiants) September 27, 2022
"It's just real tough to see that for sure," quarterback Daniel Jones said. "A guy that works so hard, battling back from an injury last year. I feel for him as a teammate, a close friend. Yeah, that's tough to see."
Fellow wide receiver Kenny Golladay told reporters that seeing Shepard go down "choked me up."
— Jamal Murphy (@Blacketologist) September 27, 2022
"That's my brother," Golladay said. "I know what all he did to get back to playing. He was ready Week 1. He just comes with a lot of energy on the sidelines, in practice, throughout the meeting room.
"It hurt me when I saw him go down like that grabbing a knee. It still hurts — almost choked me up a little bit to be totally honest. Just because I know — I've grown a relationship with him, and I know how much he's actually put in and how much he actually cares about it."
Daboll, who just wrapped his third game as Giants coach, told reporters: "I just feel terrible for the guy."