In unexpected Sunday news, ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard has been placed back in the concussion protocol and ruled OUT for Week 9 Monday Night Football vs. the Dallas Cowboys.
Shepard had cleared through the concussion protocol earlier this week, getting in full practices all week. However, this would suggest symptoms returned on Sunday.
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This is unexpected, but not shocking given the nature of concussion symptoms. In Shepard’s absence, Darius Slayton will start opposite Golden Tate. Cody Latimer and Bennie Fowler will see some playing time as well off the bench. Tate is a strong start vs. the Cowboys, while Slayton is a decent start with Shepard sidelined. Evan Engram and Saquon Barkley will see plenty of targets with Shepard out.
The long-term status of Shepard will be something to track moving forward. As this shows, concussion symptoms are unpredictable. He’ll have to show he can be asymptomatic at rest and again after exertion before he can be cleared for football activities, so he is effectively back at step 1.