Friday update: Shepard is doubtful to play against the Dolphins this week. Kadarius Toney received the same designation and it looks like Kenny Golladay and Darius Slayton will once again be the lead receivers on the team.
Thursday update: Shepard was able to return to a limited practice on Thursday, giving himself a shot to suit up this week. A full practice Friday might be asking for too much, but he could get in another limited practice and be questionable to go this week.
Wednesday update: Well, it looked like Shepard was going to get in some practice time on Wednesday, but the injury report shows that he did not. He’ll need to return Thursday for a real chance of playing this week.
New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard appears to be on track to make his return from a quad injury this week. The wideout was spotted at the start of Wednesday’s practice ready to go with the team.
We’ll find out if he got actual practice reps but he seems to be well on his way to returning against the Dolphins this Sunday.
Sterling Shepard looked like someone who is on track to play this week. Adoree' Jackson was doing some stuff that makes it seem like he could play Sunday. Would not expect Toney or Rudolph to make it based on my 5 minutes of observations.— Tom Rock (@TomRock_Newsday) December 1, 2021
Shepard’s 2021 season has been stunted by injuries and he has only appeared in five games total this season. He has been sidelined for a full month due to this current quad injury, his last appearance being in the team’s Week 8 loss at the Kansas City Chiefs. He had caught 32 of 43 targets for 324 yards and a touchdown this season.
Fantasy football implications
Fantasy managers should keep their eyes out for more reports on Shepard’s status heading into the weekend. If he can get in a full practice by Friday, he’ll be more than likely good to go.