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New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard suffers fractured thumb

By
Connor Grott
New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) suffered a fractured thumb while reaching for a low pass during training camp. File Photo by David Tulis/UPI
New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) suffered a fractured thumb while reaching for a low pass during training camp. File Photo by David Tulis/UPI | License Photo

July 25 (UPI) -- New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard suffered a fractured thumb during training camp Thursday.

The team announced the injury after the Giants' first day of camp concluded. Shepard underwent post-practice X-rays, which revealed his left thumb injury.

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Shepard sustained the injury while attempting to catch a low pass. The team said he will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis.

The fourth-year wideout started all 16 regular-season games and finished with career highs in receptions (66) and yards (872) last season. He signed a contract extension with the Giants in the off-season.

After the departure of star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns in an off-season trade this year, Shepard is expected to fill in as the team's top pass-catcher. Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said he believes the Oklahoma product can be a No. 1 receiver.

"Sure, I think he can be," Shurmur said. "Sterling is a football player, and we appreciate his toughness and his ability to make plays, and all the things he adds to the team. He's a value-added guy in my mind. He plays his position, but he makes the people around him better. I think that's what all the players should strive to do."

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The Giants selected Shepard in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft out of Oklahoma. He was named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team in 2016. In 43 career games, he has recorded 190 catches for 2,286 yards and 14 touchdowns.

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