The New York Giants can’t stop losing key pieces of their offense due to injuries.
Days after star running back Saquon Barkley was placed on IR with a torn ACL that will keep him out for the rest of the season, the Giants lead wide receiver Sterling Shepard also lands on IR.
Thankfully for the Giants, Shepard’s injury is not as serious and shouldn’t keep him off the field for more than three weeks. Shepard reportedly has turf toe, an injury he suffered in the second half of last week’s game against the Chicago Bears.
Regardless, second-year quarterback Daniel Jones will now be playing without his two most reliable players on offense at least until mid-October, when Shepard is expected to come back.
Shepard, who is 27, had eight receptions for 76 yards in the first six quarters of this season in which the Giants offense has struggled to get anything going against two stout defensive fronts, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Bears, respectively.
They play the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, a team that has been hit even worse by injuries. San Francisco’s starting quarterback Jimmy Goroppolo will not play on Sunday and their best defender, Nick Bosa, is out for the year with an ACL tear.